Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Next Native Art Newsletter On November 6

Our next Native art gallery newsletter will be coming out on November 6 so make sure you get on the list for our system to send out by signing up at the box on the upper right of this blog page. Our next issue will feature links to more new videos from the Museum of Civilization as well as new information articles with nice images.

Subscribters to our free monthly newsletter also get our two very informative ebooks on Native art and Inuit Eskimo art. The October issue is already on our Native art gallery newsletter archives.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Inuitskulpturen Eskimoschnitzereien Eisbären Tanzender Bär

Sehen sie Inuitskulpturen Eskimoschnitzereien eisbären tanzender bär an der Free Spirit Galerie.

Alle Inuitskulpturen und Eskimoschnitzereien sind mit einem Igloo - Anhänger zur Echtheitsbestätigung der kanadischen Regierung versehen.



Inuitskulpturen Eskimoschnitzereien Eisbären

Inuitkunst Eskimokunst von Kanada

Deutsche web site neu entworfen. Sehen sie Inuitkunst Eskimokunst von Kanada an der Free Spirit Galerie. Freies kunst bücher.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

German Website For Inuit Art Native Art Gallery Redesigned

Inuit art and Native art gallery Free Spirit Gallery has completely redesigned its German website to look like its English version which went through a major overhaul earlier this summer. The German website now also has the white background. More artwork (both Inuit art and Native art) will be added to the German webpages so that it reflects a similar collection in the English website.


The German language website can be accessed by going to the main home page of the English website where there is a link to the German pages. The German version of Free Spirit Gallery's website can also be accessed directly at Free Spirit Gallery German website. A German language post announcing this redesign will be on the blog tomorrow.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Northern School System In Alaska Leaves Nobody Behind

One northern school system in Alaska leaves nobody behind. Alaska's Chugach School District, based in Anchorage and serves tiny villages scattered across 22,000 square miles of remote areas. Instead of books, each K-12 student totes around a thick report card book listing his or her progress through the district's 1,000+ learning standards.

All the students' report cards will look different because Chugach's model follows the rule that in order to move to the next level, you must master the one that precedes it. A passing grade is at least 80% and every student must learn every subject at every level. When a student is done, they can graduate, whether they are sixteen or twenty-one years old.

"Time was the constant and learning was the variable -- that's the old model," says Roger Sampson, who led Chugach's transformation in the 1990s. "We switched. What's constant is learning. Time is the variable."

At times, the demands can be "pretty upsetting," says Teresa Totemoff, a graduate of Tatitlek Community School, who recalls slacking off for a while and then realizing she had much work to do to graduate. "I remember crying, I don't want to do it no more! But it was my own progress. I was proud of all I got done."

Certainy this is an interesting way to run a school system. Maybe other school systems should investigate this type of method.

See Free Spirit Gallery for northern art.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

New Northwest Native Indian Spirit Bear Carving

I just received a new Northwest Native Indian art Spirirt Bear carving done by Gary Baker. It is not often that I get Native art bear carvings these days so this is special. This particular bear carving is about 18 inches and is the only one in stock at Free Spirit Gallery. More details of it are available at Northwest Native Indian Bear Carvings.



northwest native indian art bear carvings

October Native Art Gallery Newsletter

This is going to be another GREAT month for new videos as the second set of clips from my visit to the Museum of Civilization is now online.

First, there was a stunning large sculpture of an Inuit family that I managed to get a 360 degree walk around with. The two large Haida canoes decorated with Northwest Indian art designs featured in last month's still image article are now on video. I was quite intrigued with a giant beaver and of course there is additional footage of the museum's large mask collection. All of these were captured in the following clips.

Large Inuit Family Sculpture
Northwest Indian Masks
Giant Northwest Native Beaver
Haida Canoes with Northwest Indian Artwork

I did a new article showing one of the most interesting totem poles I've seen since it also acts as a ceremonial entrance to a Northwest Native house. This article shows the totem pole with both full views and close ups of the designs.

Animal Totem Pole at Museum of Civilization

A new article on information about Southwest Native Indian Kachina Dolls is at Kachina Doll Facts and it has a link to a Kachina dictionary as well.

I noticed some new 2008 calendars featuring Inuit art, Native Indian art, Native American culture and wildlife are now available. We don't sell them but they can be seen at;

Inuit Art and Arctic Calendars
Native American Culture and Wildlife Calendars

New Inuit carvings have been added in the polar bears, inukshuk and walrus sections - check them out at our Inuit Carvings

Finally, I'm also expecting long awaited new Northwest Native artwork by master carver Paul Joseph to arrive sometime this month. When that happens, I'll make an announcement of their arrival.

Clint
Free Spirit Gallery

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New Custom Canadian Native Indian Art Carving

Master carver Cody Mathias recently completed a new custom Canadian Native Indian art carving that was specially commissioned for a customer. As with all custom projects, it is gallery policy that the piece is sent to me for inspection before shipping it out to the customer.

So I just received this wonderful piece from Cody yesterday and it is a stunning bald eagle holding a salmon as specified by the customer. It is a nice sized Native Indian carving measuring 26 inches by 16 inches.

After taking some photos, the carving was immediately shipped out to our customer in Alberta. These projects tend to take some time but the wait will definitely be worth it for our customer. For more information on such special projects, see our Custom Northwest Canadian Native Indian Art. Cody's piece is pictured on page 2 of our custom Native Indian carvings.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Is NHL Hockey Team Vancouver Canucks Logo Native Art Inspired?

The NHL hockey team Vancouver Canucks has an orca as part of its logo on the team jersey. Was this logo design inspired by Native art? Many say it was. A new article about this team logo will be ready for the Free Spirit Gallery website next month. The November issue of our free monthly newsletter will include the link to this new article. Sign up for this newsletter at the top right side of this blog page.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Working On New Article About Northwest Native Indian Longhouses

I am currently working on a new article about Northwest Native Indian longhouses. This article will also feature photos I took of the representations of longhouses at the Museum of Civilization near Ottawa, Canada. It will be ready soon and announced in the November issue of our free monthly gallery newsletter. If you haven't already signed up for our newsletters, go to the box on the top right side of this blog. You will also receive two free Native art ebooks.

In the meantime, check out the Northwest Native Indian Carvings at Free Spirit Gallery.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Rare Inuit Soapstone Carving of Drum Dancing Walrus Sold

A rare Inuit soapstone carving of a drum dancing walrus by Willie Ishulutak was finally sold yesterday to a very lucky buyer in Mississauga, Ontario. This walrus has been in the gallery for maybe 2 years and was priced quite well too so I was a bit surprised on how long it took for somebody to finally realize that this was a steal for the price that we were offering.

Now if anyone else wants a drum dancing walrus, it would be extremely difficult to find another one, including our own gallery! This is the only second time we've ever had such a soapstone carving. Yes we see quite a few walruses and even some dancing walruses but hardly ever any drum dancing walruses. This one that was just sold is a larger version of the one pictured in our Inuit Art Styles article.

This is yet another example of why if you have your eye on a certain piece here at Free Spirit Gallery, you should go ahead and order it before it's gone. Each Inuit soapstone carving is unique and one of a kind. There are no duplicates. Once a piece is sold, it is gone.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Northwest Native American Indian Group Upset About Meteorite Sale

The Williamette Meteorite is sacred to the Northwest Native Indian tribe Clackamas. The tribe holds an annual religious ceremony with the meteorite, named Tomanowas, in its home at the American Museum of Natural History. This meteorite which is the largest ever discovered in America, was given in ancient times to the Clackamas people by the Sky People. Now a 30 pound piece of the 10,000 year old meteorite is up for auction and the Northwest Native American Indian tribe is denouncing its sale.

"We are deeply saddened that any individual or organization would be so insensitive to Native American spirituality and culture as to traffic in the sale of a sacred and historic artifact," said Siobahn Taylor of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Darryl Pitt, who is selling the piece, recognizes the Grand Ronde's concerns. "While I regret the Grand Ronde has taken offense, the bottom line is that a portion of the meteorite is simply changing hands," he said.

Tomanowas was discovered in 1902 in the Willamette Valley by an Oregon miner who removed it from the land. Today, the small chunk of the meteor will be auctioned at Bonhams Auction House in New York City on October 28. Its pre-sale estimate is between $1,100,000 to $1,300,000.

See Free Spirit Gallery for more culture and Northwest Native American Indian art.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Rare White Stone Inuit Inukshuk Sculpture

I managed to get a rare white stone Inuit inukshuk sculpture as part of the new stock of Inuit artwork at the gallery. This beautiful piece is a 7 inch high and 3.5 inch wide inukshuk which will certainly stand out either on a table or on the shelf. For more details on this interesting work of art from Cape Dorset, see white Inuit inukshuk sculpture.


inuit inukshuk sculpture art


Other pieces can be seen at Inuit Inukshuks

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Bizzare Dream Involving Polar Bears

Most of the time, we usually don't remember our dreams at night but I experienced one last night that I actually still vividly remember, at least long enough to make it to this blog. I was up in the Arctic north and rented a personal hovercraft. Of course there's no such thing but then again, this was just a dream. It was much like one of those sea doos but was a hovercraft since it rode on air.

I was buzzing around the Arctic tundra and then noticed some polar bears sleeping around some stone formations. I woke them up with the noise of my craft and they started to give chase. They couldn't keep up with me but were still quite persistent as they didn't give up. I drove right into a multifloor building where other people were. The polar bears continued to come and somehow entered the building.

The people in the building all ran upstairs to the higher floors. Somehow the polar bears were prevented from going up the stairs for the time being because of some steel fence that came down to block the entrance of the stairway to the second floor - again, this was just a dream.

For some reason I don't remember, I came down and was able to communicate with one of the polar bears, a young male that was equivalent to a human teen. I was the only person who was able to talk to this one polar bear for some reason.

We started talking about all sorts of things and then the subject came to music. He had a hairstyle that was a bit different from the other polar bears and I commented that he looked a bit like the rock star Eddie Van Halen. I showed him an album with Van Halen's photo and he was quite pleased. I happened to have a music player there and played part of a Van Halen song for this polar bear. He was really getting into it.

I knew that the safety of all the people in the building now rested on how successful I got through to this teen polar bear The other polar bears, both older adults and younger cubs were all watching as were the rest of the people still trapped upstairs. Somehow I knew that depending on the friendship I created with this teen polar bear, he was in a position to influence the other polar bears to make peace with the humans.

Unfortunately, this was the moment when I woke up from my dream. So I wasn't able to experience any type of ending to my bizzare dream involving polar bears.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Spiritual Writings About Native Indian Art

Author Donna Lynn recently launched her new book entitled "Dial Love" which is described as God's planetary guide for attaining happiness through spiritual fulfillment. In it, she includes some of her spiritual writings about Native Indian art. Here is an example;

"How about showcasing their gifts and talents closer to home? Their sacred values and uniqueness make all their treasures invaluable. We have to travel far and wide to appreciate their offerings. Look at the love, creativity and time spent on these beautiful tokens they create. All hand-crafted, beautiful wares made from the Earth. I like the fact that they do not harm my planet in the process of their talents. This is them giving from the hearts, my love, my gifts to you. Cherish these artifacts and creations of love, as I made them myself. Display these in your home and feel the loving powers of the Earth. These energies balance yours. The magic is truly alive in their hearts and their traditions I admire."

For more information on this Donna's book, see www.diallove.ca

Also see Free Spirit Gallery for Native Indian art.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Kachina Dolls Online Katsina Gallery Recommendation

Sometimes Free Spirit Gallery develops partnerships with other galleries that have complimentary Native artwork that we don't carry ourselves. One example is the Katsina doll made by the Southwest Indians. They are also known as Kachina dolls and we recommend two reputable sources of quality collectors pieces. See who we recommend at Kachina Dolls Online.


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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Comments About Our Eskimo Art and Native American Art Gallery

Here's what Helen Kastner of San Jose, California is saying about our Eskimo art and Native American art gallery;

"I've been buying from the Free Spirit Gallery for several years. The service has always been excellent, as have been the variety and high quality of all the art work. I've always been so very pleased with your items, fast service, and careful packing. It's always a pleasure doing business with you!"

We realize that many people will be hesitant to shop for artwork online so we try to make things as risk free as possible by offering different ordering options, secure packing and return guarantees. Many collectors from all over North America, Europe and Australia have become customers of Free Spirit Gallery and their comments are similar to what Helen Kastner wrote. See some of these comments at Art Gallery Testimonials.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Walrus Inuit Soapstone Carving To Be Showcased

I gave a large walrus Inuit soapstone carving to my brother and his wife for their wedding some time ago. He just finished renovating his downtown Toronto condominium and is currently in the market for a brand new wall unit. He wants to showcase this walrus Inuit soapstone carving and I assume other new carvings he may be acquiring in this wall unit. I suggested to him that he should buy a unit that has glass doors so that any pieces such as soapstone carvings can be kep behind closed doors.

That will protect his valuable pieces from the cat as well as significantly reduce the need to dust them all the time. He will probably also go for a wall unit that has lighting fixtures to highlight his Inuit soapstone carvings during the evenings. This will be a great showcase for social events at his condo.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Cape Dorset Inuit Art

What you will notice more about our newer Inuit art arrivals is that most of them are from carvers located in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. This is where we source most of our latest Inuit art carvings from now. We can still source from Nunavik or Northern Quebec region where many of the human subject carvings are more detailed but overall, it is the opinion of this gallery that the Nunavut carvers make better animals. Of course there are always exceptions.

To see some a listing of the new pieces including Inuit art from Cape Dorset that came into the gallery recently, see New Arrivals.

Monday, October 08, 2007

September Native Art Gallery Newsletter

Here was the Native art gallery newsletter issue that came out last month in September. To ensure that you receive all future new issues of our free monthly newsletter which alerts you to new information articles, videos and artwork, just sign up at the box at the top right of this blog page. You will get access to two Native art ebooks for free as well.

September 2007

This is going to be a great month for new videos! During my visit to the Museum of Civilization, I took a lot of photos but unfortunately many did not come out very clear so they were not useable.

However, the video footage I took turned out pretty good so starting this month, I will be releasing several new clips featuring both Northwest Native art and Inuit art.

As a complement to last month's article on Bill Reid's Spirit of Haida Gwaii, you can now see this masterpiece on video as I walked around the entire sculpture with my camcorder.

There's also a clip showing a few large masks from the museum that must have been a real chore to move around in. For Inuit art, I captured some wonderful vintage sculptures from the mid 1950s to mid 1960s with both family and hunting themes.

Spirit of Haida Gwaii Sculpture

Northwest Native Indian Masks at Museum of Civilization

Vintage Inuit Art - Family Themes

Vintage Inuit Art - Hunting Themes

For website articles with still images, there's one on masks and one showing artwork on Haida canoes.

Northwest Native Tribal Masks at Museum of Civilization

Art on Native Indian Canoes

Although Free Spirit Gallery doesn't deal with Southwest Indian art, we have identified two good sources of Kachina dolls online. If you happen to be a fan of high end Navajo and Hopi Kachina dolls, see more details at Kachina Dolls page.

Finally, just a shopping suggestion. Many visitors tend to browse at our Northwest Native Indian prints/paintings and masks, our most heavily visited webpages. We don't have a lot of pieces in these categories but one original painting of a grizzly bear was suddenly snapped up by a customer in Germany.

If you ever have your eye on a certain piece, it's highly recommended to order it before someone else does. These are one of a kind pieces with NO other duplicates. Once a piece is sold, it is GONE. If you no longer see a piece at the gallery that was there during your previous visit, it means that it was sold. Avoid disappointment and secure your treasure if you really like a certain piece of artwork here.

Don't forget that I do have a blog that I post to several times per week. Feel free to post your own comments to my posts. Until next month when I release the second batch of videos.

Clint Leung

Free Spirit Gallery
Exquisite Inuit Eskimo & Northwest Native Art

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Mississauga Toastmasters Heard My Salmon Speech

I performed my Northwest Indian Salmon People speech at a local Mississauga Toastmasters club this past week. It was about one of the Northwest Native Indian legends about the salmon, which has a very important place in the culture of Canada's Native aboriginal people.

The speech generally went over quite well and I will plan to perform this one at other Mississauga Toastmasters clubs as well over the next several weeks. Toastmasters is a great way to learn public speaking skills in Mississauga and surrounding areas.

You can see examples of Northwest Indian Salmon Carvings at the Free Spirit Gallery site.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Inuit Soapstone Sculptures Used As Awards

I was attending a Toastmasters meeting last night and one of the speakers did a fabulous speech that emulated an awards acceptance speech. One of the interesting aspects about this speech was that she used an Inuit soapstone sculpture as the physical award she received. In her case, it was an award for the Grandmother of the Year from a grandmothers association.

This is another example of how many organizations are starting to use Inuit soapstone sculptures as high quality awards. If you are ever involved in events where there are awards, you might want to also consider giving a one of a kind Inuit soapstone sculpture as they will always be treasured awards.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Will Add Past Issues Of Native Art Gallery Newsletters To Website

Although the Free Spirit Gallery monthly newsletter has been going out since 2005, we switched over to a new e-mail distribution system this summer. We have decided to add past issues of our Native art gallery newsletter online but only from the September 2007 issue and on since we don't have the previous ones anymore.

So in a few days, we will have the September newsletter both at the Free Spirit Gallery website in a special archives section as well as a post on this blog. The October issue already went out but we will send it out again about mid month to new subscribers who just signed on. Then we will add the October issue to our archives when we get the November issue out.

So if you still haven't signed on yet for our free monthly newsletter, do so at the sign up box at the top right of this blog page. This newsletter alerts you to new information articles, videos and artwork in both Inuit art and Northwest Indian art.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Very Rare Inuit Inukshuk With Seal Sculpture

Here is a very rare Inuit inukshuk with a seal carving. Another thing that really impressed me about this particular carving was that its carver is a lady. She really showed up the boys this time with this wonderful piece. For more details and images of this piece as well as others at the gallery, see Inuit Inukshuk Sculptures.


inuit inukshuk sculptures seal

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

October Native Art Newsletter Coming Out Today

For those of you who have subscribed to our free monthly native art newsletter, the October issue is coming out today in your e-mail. If you sign up after it comes out, I will plan to send it out again to new subscribers later on in the month.

To subscribe to our gallery newsletter which alerts you to new information articles, videos and artwork as well as to get two free informative ebooks, just enter your first name and e-mail address at the right side of this blog. There are also boxes for sign up at our Native Art Gallery website.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Prices At Native American Art Gallery Set At Par

Today October 1, all the prices for artwork and international shipping at Native Americn art gallery Free Spirit will be set with the US and Canadian figures at par with each other to reflect the current exchange rates. This will certainly take the guesswork out of the actual prices that customers will see on their credit card statements.

By the afternoon, all the modifications to the website will have been completed. So check out Free Spirit Gallery as new Inuit art sculptures have been added over the weekend for polar bears, walruses and inukshuk carvings.