Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Have You Made Your New Year Resolutions Yet?

Have you made your New Year resolutions yet? If so, are you committed to keeping them? Will Inuit art or Native art be part of these resolutions? Here's an article that will help you stay focused on your New Year resolutions.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Quitting College Life or University Life?

If you are thinking about quitting college life or university life without finishing up your degree, then here's an article just for you. This is for both Native American and non-native college students. It will help you understand the consequences of leaving college without a degree a bit better so that you can make the right decision. See this article at Quitting College Life or University Life.

Friday, December 26, 2008

How Important Are College Grades and University Grades?

If any of you are currently in college or university and studying fine art, are college grades or university grades important for your future career? A new article on college grades and university grades pretty well says it all in terms of their importance not only for any arts related job but for any future career after graduation. The earlier you know about this, ie., while still in college, the better.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Need A Motivational Speaker For Your Pharmaceutical Sales Meeting?

We have seen all sorts of interesting corporate gifts such as Inuit art sculptures at pharmaceutical sales meetings. But to really motivate a sales force, you need a motivational speaker for your next pharmaceutical sales meeting. Clint Cora would be your logical choice. Not only is he a seasoned pharmaceutical industry executive, he is a karate world champion which brings a very unique but relevant motivational keynote to your pharmaceutical sales force. Check his motivational speaker website out.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Success In College and University Article

Since art is a big part of the college scene, if any of you are attending college or university, here's a new article on Success in College and University. Life in college or university should not just be on studying. There are other things to do not only for fun, but for picking up important skills that will be useful for future careers and life in general. Many of these skills cannot be learned in the classroom or lecture hall. Overall success in college or university involves a balance. Check out the article for more on this.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Still A Few Pieces of Northwest Indian Art Left

There are still a few pieces of Northwest Indian art carvings left at our gallery. Just keep clicking through to specific items where you see an item number. Click onto each image or item number to get to the specific webpage for each carving since there are additional images as well as artist info plus the price.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Still Shipping Out Eskimo Art Carvings

We are still shipping out Eskimo art carvings as one customer in Texas just ordered one of our polar bears. She realizes that she probably won't get it by Christmas but mentioned in her order that she wasn't concerned. At this point, deliveries will likely arrive the week after Christmas.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Speaker Available For Rotary Clubs Near Toronto

I will be the guest speaker at a Rotary club tonight. It will be the one up at Newmarket. This is a good opportunity to people to get an idea of what I'm like as a speaker as I will do a shortened version of my keynote. If any of you are members of community service clubs such as Rotary, Lions or Kiwanis, in or within say 30 minutes of the Toronto area, I would be a willing guest speaker. Just contact me through my speaker website.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Will Work On New Inuit Art Videos For January Newsletter

There is more video footage so I will be working on producing more clips during the holiday season to get them out for the January Inuit Art Gallery Newsletter. Should have one or two new ones by then. Stay tuned and of course the best way to get the announcements is through the free monthly newsletter. Sign up through the boxes at the top right of this blog.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Not Many Northwest Indian Art Carvings Left

There are not a lot of Northwest Indian art carvings left at the gallery as they have been selling well. We don't know when we will get anymore either so better hurry to see what we have left and don't hesitate to order pieces still remaining, including the one Northwest Indian art mask we still have.

Friday, December 12, 2008

One More Week For Inuit Art Christmas Shopping

On a practical level, there's only really one more week of Inuit art or Native art Christmas shopping if you want your gift recipients to get their pieces in time. So don't delay and order today to avoid disappointments in late shipping.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Offer To Free Monthly Motivational Newsletter

Subscribers to Free Spirit Gallery's Inuit and Native Art Newsletter were offered to receive a new free monthly motivational newsletter last week. Since most people can always use a dose of motivation and inspiration in their lives, this free newsletter will be starting in the New Year. It will feature a different motivational quote each month along with a practical application example. If you missed this offer, just catch the details at Free Monthly Motivational Newsletter.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Arctic Polar Bears Calendars For 2009

If you like polar bears, the kings of the Arctic, then you will love these new 2009 calendars. The new selection of new Arctic Polar Bears Calendars for 2009 can be seen in our general article about these majestic creatures at our gallery website. There is also a nice selection of posters and prints featuring polar bears as well.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Motivational Posters Inspirational Poster Prints

A new page with motivational posters and inspirational poster prints has been added to the Clint Cora website. This is a view of posters including those you see from Successories at one of our partners. I love these motivational posters as I have several of them framed throughout my own house to keep me inspired.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Only Two Weeks Left Before Christmas For Native American Art

Better hurray and get your Christmas shopping done as there are only two weeks left for shopping for Native American art online (to account for shipping). Don't get disappointed as a result of late shopping and delayed shipping. Do it now.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Next Shipping Date Will Be Monday December 8

We will be traveling for the next few days and the next shipping date for any native artwork will be Monday December 8. We will still be able to receive your orders. Remember, since each piece is one of a kind, it's first to order, first to secure the native artwork piece.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Motivational Inspirational Success Newsletter

While still on the subject of newsletters from yesterday, there is a new one called Motivational Inspirational Quotes Success which is also a free monthly one from us. Each month, it will have a motivational quote or inspirational quote along with an example of a practical application. This newsletter is useful since it helps keep us motivated each month to pursue our goals in life. To get on the mailing list for this wonderful newsletter, go to Motivational Inspirational Quotes Success Newsletter.

Monday, December 01, 2008

November Issue of Native Aboriginal Art Newsletter

The November issue of our Native Aboriginal Art Newsletter is now online at our website. Of course, if you want to get the latest monthly issues as soon as they come out, you have to sign up for them at the right upper boxes of this blog page. It's free and you get timely news right away. Otherwise, monthly issues are not put online until the month passes.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

New 2009 Motivational Inspirational Success Calendars

We have added a webpage for those of you who like motivational themed calendars. See them at 2009 Motivational Inspirational Success Calendars for a great selection. They will help keep you motivated throughout 2009.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Motivational Speaker Available For Aboriginal Groups

If you need a motivational speaker for aboriginal groups, Clint Cora is available. Clint can speak to and motivate aboriginal audiences to help them succeed in their lives. Just go to his website to check out the available speaking programs.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Authentic Native American Indian Dreamcatchers For Christmas

Another great gift idea (that's not too expensive) for Christmas would be a Native American Indian dreamcatcher. Of course, you would want to give only authentic ones as opposed to mass produced souvenir versions. The partners that we work with carry only authentic Native American Indian Dreamcatchers so take a look

native american indian dreamcatchers

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Kachina Dolls For Christmas Season

Kachina Dolls are a great idea for gift giving this Christmas season. Our partners have top quality sections since we don't carry them ourselves. Check them out at Kachina Dolls page where you can see what our partners currently have at their native art galleries.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Motivational Quotes From Native Art Gallery Owner

I realize that life out there can be challenging at times. We often read about some good philosophy from the native cultures which are like motivational quotes handed down from generation to generation. Although I'm not native myself, I've compiled some text from my upcoming book called The Life Champion In You which can serve as some good motivational quotes to keep you motivated in your day to day life. See World Champion Motivational Quotes.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Inuit Soapstone Polar Bear Sculpture Shipped To Australia

We shipped an Inuit soapstone polar bear sculpture to Australia this week as requested by a customer here in Canada who wanted to have a special gift sent to his sister living down there. We have shipped successfully before to Australia so shipping internationally to overseas destinations is not a problem for us here at Free Spirit Gallery. We even offer two shipping options for international destinations. One usually takes 4 to 8 business days and the other is a less expensive option but takes 4 to 8 weeks. So we let our customers for overseas shipping decide which one route they would rather take. In either case, it is recommended that orders that involve international shipping be placed well ahead of time to account for the shipping time required for all Inuit soapstone sculptures.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Goal Setting For Your Inuit Art Collection

To build a great Inuit art collection, you should actually set some specific goals. Do you want to get a bigger dancing bear? Or maybe a nice Inuit hunting scene? To do effective goal setting, you need to be in the right environment. This is an important task where you want to plan your goals carefully so you don't want to do this in a place where you can't focus. You want to come up with the right goals and plans to achieve these goals. Goal setting is important for success in any field including building a nice Inuit art collection. To help you, here's a great article on being in the right Environment For Goal Setting.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Time Management If Shopping For Art As Gifts This Holiday Season

If you are planning to shop for art, either Inuit art or Native American art as gifts this holiday season, please do so well ahead of time if shopping online. Unlike shopping at street retail galleries where you usually have to pay much higher prices, online shopping will often result with lower prices but you do have to account for time for shipping.

As part of time management in your shopping for gifts, I would recommend that you start shopping now. Delivery services cannot guarantee that you or your gift recipient gets the art in time for the holidays if you leave things until say mid December. For overseas shipping, even early December might be a tight squeeze. So definitely start now to avoid disappointment.

Speaking of time management, since we can all use a little bit of help in getting more time in our day to day lives, here's a good article on time management for your interest.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

November Native Art Gallery Newsletter Is Online

The November issue of our native art gallery newsletter is now online at our gallery website. It has links to two new video clips showing pieces  of Inuit Art, which is a beautiful collection. Check out this issue now at November Native Art Gallery Newsletter.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Free Spirit Gallery Publishing To Publish Canadian Motivational Speaker Book

Free Spirit Gallery has a publishing division called Free Spirit Gallery Publishing which published the pharmaceutical sales book "How To Get A Dream Job In Pharmaceutical Sales" by Canadian motivational speaker Clint Cora. Free Spirit will publish Clint Cora's second book, "The Life Champion In You" in January of 2009. So the range of Canadian content at Free Spirit Gallery has gone beyond just Inuit art and Northwest Indian art. It has expanded into a publisher of Canadian books, first with the ebooks on Inuit art and Pacific Northwest Native art and now the books by Canadian motivational speaker Clint Cora.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Still Delays in Paul Joseph Northwest Aboriginal Art

There are still delays in getting the new Paul Joseph Northwest Aboriginal art carvings. So looks like we will release this month's Native Art Gallery Newsletter early next week in any case since at this point, we do not expect them to arrive by this month.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Inuit Art and Canadian Motivational Speakers

Canadian motivational speaker Clint Cora is also a member of the Canadian National Karate Team and a big Inuit art fan with a nice collection. What a unique way to represent Canada! So if you want a Canadian motivational speaker for your meeting based in Canada, who has both Canadian business experience as well as representation in international athletics for this country, check out Clint Cora.

New Year's Resolutions For Native American Art?

Do you have any New Year's resolutions in regards to Native American art? If so, I'm sure that you are aware that many people just can't seem to keep their New Year's resolutions, usually failing them within the first few months of the new year. To get the take on how one motivational speaker deals with such issues, see the article on New Year's Resolutions which is an interesting read.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Large Inuit Rock Sculpture On Video

The first of the video clips showing pieces of Inuit Art is now up at the gallery website. It is an amazing piece that has various scenes of an Arctic hunt. This is an Inuit art sculpture that I wished I had in my living room for sure. See the video clip of this sculpture at Large Inuit Rock Scene.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hope To Hear From Paul Joseph Today

I hope to hear from Paul Joseph today that he is ready to ship us his Northwest Indian art carvings. He is about two weeks late for this. Once he calls, it will take about four business days for his carvings to get here and then we will scramble to get photos and descriptions of them up on the gallery website which will take about a day if we work like crazy. So stay tuned.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Projected Next Issue of Native Art Gallery Newsletter

We project that the next issue of our Native Art Gallery Newsletter will be the week of November 17, probably mid to late that week. Again, we are trying to time that with the arrival of new Paul Joseph carvings. More than likely, we will not post as frequent to our blog next week since we will be off site.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Paul Joseph Canadian Indian Art Carvings Delayed

We were hoping to get in some new Canadian Indian art carvings by Paul Joseph later this week but looks like they will be delayed until about the third week of this month. We are also delaying the monthly Indian art newsletter until these carvings arrive as well so we can announce them on this month's issue.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Will Definitely Have New Inuit Art Videos This Month

Just produced several new Inuit art videos. So some of them will definitely make it into our gallery website later on this month. There are great clips of pieces featuring animals, Inuit hunters, and even an Inuit boat. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

If We Do A Printed Inuit Art Book

Continuing with what I mentioned yesterday about the possibility of a printed Inuit art book, if we do one, we will have to reshoot all the photos of the various art pieces. The ones on the free ebooks have low resolution for website speed and we no longer have any high resolution versions. Many of the Inuit art and Native American art carvings that were featured in the two ebooks have also been sold already so we can't get photos of them. We will have to use other pieces as the models.

The other thing if we go ahead with such a project in the future is that I will probably not take most of the photos myself. I had problems with photographing many of the Inuit art pieces with the reflection or glare of light from flashes. I would probably opt to use a professional photographer who knows how to deal with such issues.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Should We Do A Printed Book On Native Art?

As many of you know, we have our two ebooks available for free as downloads since they are great resources for both Inuit art and Northwest Indian art. I'm currently working on a new book which has nothing to do with art. It's on motivation and success. It will be filled with principles of achieving goals and lots of inspirational quotes.

However, as I'm working on this new book, I sometimes have thoughts whether we should make our native art ebooks available as printed versions. In this case, we would combine the two into a decent size Canadian native art book with both Inuit art and Northwest Indian art. But if we do a printed version, we would have to reshoot all the photos since the ones shot for the ebook were low resolution because we wanted them to load up quickly on computers. We don't have high resolution versions of these images which would be required for a printed book.

If we wanted to do a printed book, it would be a matter of redoing all the photos since the text is already written. In case you have been exposed to our free ebooks, see the links on them at the links section of this blog at the right side.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Will Try To Produce Inuit Art Gallery Videos

We will try to produce some video clips. You already had views of many of the pieces from the exhibition through our many Inuit Art articles  but it would really be nice of course to see them on video. We hope to get the first one out for next month. We will of course announce it on our monthly Native Art Gallery Newsletter which you can sign up through the boxes on the upper right corner of this blog.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Reindeer Used To Pull Sleds In Lapland

I saw an interesting TV program last night which showed how sleds were pulled in the Lapland area of northern Sweden. Instead of using husky dogs like the Inuit do in our Canadian Arctic north, the Swedes used a single reindeer to pull each sled. They were certainly quieter than dogs.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Native American Culture Calendars for 2009

We show a nice selection of Native American culture calendars for 2009 at our website but in order to get further details of each one, you have to click on each image to get to our partner's website which shows further details. Free Spirit Gallery does not sell any of these calendars as we leave this up to our partner. So for any 2009 calendar that you are interested in, just click on each image to get more information.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Might Delay November Native Art Gallery Newsletter

We normally send out the free monthly Native Art Gallery newsletter to our subscribers during the first week of each month. However, since we are waiting for a shipment of new Northwest Native art carvings from master carver Paul Joseph, we would like to announce their arrival at our Native Art Gallery via the November issue. So the November issue of our monthly Native Art Gallery newsletter might be delayed for a few days to even a week. Make sure that you are on our free subscriber list by signing up at the boxes at the top right of this Inuit Native Art blog. The October issue however is online for you to read.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Northwest Native Art Dishes?

One of our master carvers, Paul Joseph, has offered to make some Northwest Native art dishes for us. We have never carried any dish carvings before so we are thinking about this opportunity if there is a demand for such artwork. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New High School Curriculum For Canadian Inuit Students

Canadian Inuit youth struggle with self-identity and Arctic based educators hope a new curriculum will be of help. Nunavut education officials have created a new high school curriculum the meets university entrance standards while teaching Inuit values, healthy relationships and personal wellness.

"We've sent it to 25 universities in the south (Canada) and they've accepted it … as meeting their entry requirements," said Cathy McGregor, a curriculum and school services director. The Aulajaaqtut curriculum for Grades 10-12 replaces an Albert curriculum which Nunavut high school students had to pass in order to graduate. It allows them to take the principles and values from their ancestors that are relevant today, both in their own community and the world.

The curriculum will be implemented in 2010. Aulajaaqtut — an Inuktitut word for a formation of flying geese — will be taught by educators who are Inuit and long-time northerners. The Education Department plans to develop more curricula for lower grades. To see an image of an Arctic school, see the article on Iqaluit.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New Paul Joseph Northwest Native Indian Carvings Soon!

We haven't had any Paul Joseph Northwest Native Indian carvings for some time and there will be good news soon. He just made a new set for us and will be completing the finishes by the end of the week. So we should get them here within a few weeks just in time for the shopping season! So stay tuned for this exciting news. Paul's Northwest Native Indian carvings always sell out.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Huge Inukshuk In Toronto

I was driving near the Lakeshore in Toronto this past week and noticed a huge Inuit inukshuk structure that I haven't seen before since I was away from Toronto for five years. I will to get a photo of it and post it on our Free Spirit Gallery Inuit Art website.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Inukshuks as Corporate Business Gifts for the Season Available

Don't forget that inukshuks and other Inuit carvings are available as corporate business gifts. If you have a company that might be interested in this especially for the upcoming holiday season, it is highly advised to contact us now in order to start the ball rolling. We can work out the appropriate pieces on your particular company budget and make sure they are delivered to you in time.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

American Indian Cultural Calendars For 2009

Fans of the American Indian culture will appreciate the new set of cultural calendars available for 2009 through our partner. Beautiful photography of American Indian people and their dances. See the entire line that is available for 2009 at American Indian Cultural Calendars.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tribal Dance and Art Videos Very Popular

The tribal dance and art videos we put up are very popular with viewers. One can even add comments to them if the videos are accessed directly on YouTube but they are moderated by us for approval before comments go live. We generally do not allow comments that are too political in nature because we want them to be limited to the video rather than act as a political forum about native tribal issues.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Polar Bear Cub Carving Sold

The polar bear cub carving was sold today and this is a pretty rare type of Inuit carving. So if you had your eyes on a cub, you had to act fast since we had only one at our Inuit art gallery and they don't come around that often. If you have your eyes on any piece, it is highly recommended that you act on it and order it because they are one of a kind. Once a piece is sold, it is gone. Don't be disappointed by losing opportunities like this.

Monday, October 06, 2008

October Tribal Art Newsletter Coming Out This Week

Our October issue of our Tribal Art free monthly newsletter is coming out this week to our subscribers. Only our subscribers are sent this newsletter which alerts them to new articles, videos and artwork at Free Spirit Gallery. So make sure that you are on our subscriber list by signing up at the boxes at the top right of this blog page. You will also get two free ebooks on Tribal Art.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Canadian First Nations Art Calendar

One of the featured 2009 calendars we are featuring is one with Canadian First Nations art. This one has everything from Northwest First Nations art to Inuit art as well as Woodland First Nations art. A very nice mix. Click on the image below to get more details of this new 2009 calendar. There are also other Native Art 2009 Calendars available.

First Nations Aboriginal Art of Canada 2009 Wall Calendar

Thursday, October 02, 2008

September Native Art Gallery Newsletter

September Newsletter - Free Spirit Gallery

Just received new pieces in our Polar Bear and Inukshuk sections of our gallery, including a nice multi-layered inukshuk.

In addition to wildlife and human subjects, Inuit carvers have been known to produce some really strange and imaginative characters. These characters would be from Inuit legends, shamanism and mythology. Here is a new article that shows some really weird pieces - note that this is a two page article so don't forget to go on to page 2;

Inuit Shamanism, Legends & Mythology Art

During the middle of August, we added an image of a large custom designed raven made by master Cody Mathias.

Until next month,

Clint
Free Spirit Gallery Native Art

You can also see past issues at our Native Art Newsletter Archives. Subscribe to our free monthly newsletter by entering your name and e-mail at the top right of this blog page.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Native American Indian Culture and Art 2009 Calendars

If you are a fan of Native American Indian culture or art, you are going to love the selection of 2009 calendars we picked out for you. Again, there are quite a few ranging from art to people to dancing. To check them all out, see Native American Indian Calendars.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Inuit Art 2009 Calendars

There are three different 2009 calendars available all featuring Inuit art now. It's a nice way to feature Inuit art each month your home or office walls. They also make great gifts for friends to introduce them to Inuit art as well. Check them out at Inuit Art 2009 Calendars.

Monday, September 29, 2008

More Polar Bears At Inuit Art Gallery

We brought in more polar bears at our Inuit Art gallery. These include both dancing bears and walking polar bear Inuit carvings. Polar bear Inuit carvings are the most popular sellers in Inuit art since they are symbolic of the Arctic north as well as Canada. So click on Polar Bear Inuit Carvings to see what we currently have.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Recent Northwest Native Indian Art Gallery Testimonial

Here's a recent customer testimonial that was sent into our Northwest Native Indian art gallery.

"The bear carving arrived safe and sound on schedule today. Thank you for packing it so carefully and for the
Certificate of Authenticity. I'm very, very pleased with the carving and with the way you've dealt with my order.
I should also commend you on your web-site with the colour photographs of the carvings organized in a clear and helpful
way. It was like browsing a gallery catalogue. Instructions on payment, and the inclusion of the packaging and
handling costs into the price was a very welcome bonus."


R. Phillips, Surrey, BC


We always appreciate such comments from our Native Indian art gallery customers and a larger collection can be seen at customer testimonials. They show the high quality service and pieces we offer.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Muskox Inuit Art Carving

Our Inuit art gallery was sold out of muskox carvings for quite some time but we finally managed to bring in a new one this week.  This is the largest muskox carving we have ever received at 6 inches in length.  It is also very detailed.  For more information on this piece, click on the image or muskox Inuit art carvings.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Walruses Among Inuit Art Carvings That Came In

Two new walruses are among the latest arrivals of Inuit art carvings that came in this week. One is a handstanding one too.  See both at Inuit art walrus carvings.  We will feature more about these new arrivals at our Inuit art gallery this week.

Monday, September 22, 2008

New Eskimo Art Carvings Came In

New Eskimo art carvings from the Arctic came in today.  It will take 1-2 days to process them with new photos and measurements so stay tuned as there are new polar bears, walruses and a muskox.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Northwest Indian Art In Movie

I saw the movie Johnny Tootall last night starring Adam Beach and it was quite good. It was based on a reserve on Vancouver Island.  Lots of Northwest Indian art, music and dancing were featured in the movie.  There were masks worn by dancers as well as button blankets plus totems throughout the film.  Two types of Northwest Indian art masks were seen, the flatter type that can be hung on a wall as well as the larger box-like versions which dancers wear on top of their heads.  It was a wonderful movie that showed a lot about Northwest Indian culture.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Native American Movie Tonight On TV

Don't know how many of you get the TV channel Bravo but tonight at 9 pm est, there is a movie about Native American brothers getting in opposite sides of the law called "Johnny Tootall" starring Adam Beach.  More articles on Native American Culture available.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Will Put Up New 2009 Inuit Art Calendars Soon

We are working to put on the new Inuit art calendars for 2009 this week.  Then people can get an early start in Christmas shopping.  Stay tuned.  Meanwhile, if you are still collecting 2008 calendars, see our current picks for Inuit art calendars.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Green Polar Bears In Japanese Zoo

Visitors to a Japanese zoo are shocked to see the polar bears there because they are green.  They thought that the resident polar bears were ill but zoo officials were able to put the visitors' worries to rest.

The reason for the green color is that there is an above normal amount of algae growth in the polar bears' water area in their exhibit.  After the polar bears take dips in the pool, the algae sticks to their fur giving them the green color.

Zoo officials claim that once the algae growth lowers later in the fall, the polar bears will gradually turn back to their normal white color.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Catalogue For Native American Art?

We had a question yesterday asking if there was a catalogue for our Native American Indian art and the answer is no.  All of our pieces are original, one of a kind artwork so it would be pointless to even print a catalogue since once a certain piece is sold, it will no longer be available.  Everything that we currently have in our Native American Indian art gallery is on our website.  If you no longer see a particular piece there that was present during a previous visit to our website, that means it was sold.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

One Winged Bald Eagle Honored In Alaska

One Wing, the one-winged bald eagle who survived the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, died in Early May at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage, Alaska.  Many in Alaska's Native Eyak community call One Wing a special eagle brother because of his strong spirit.  "We had to amputate his entire wing from his shoulder down when we rescued him, because he tore it fighting so hard to fly away free,"  said Veterinarian Cindy Palmatier. 

After surviving surgery, One wing served as a blood donor to hundreds of birds suffering from anemia and blood disorders caused by Exxon's spills. Despite the huge amounts of blood One Wing was transfusing, he continued to grow stronger each day. "That bird gave and gave and gave way beyond what any bird should be able to accommodate, and we really utilized him heavily to help other birds," Palmatier said. 

One Wing had a large following thanks to poems written by retired veterinarian, Dr.  Jim Scott. Another author, Joan Harris, also wrote a popular children's book: "One Wing's Gift: Rescuing Alaska's Wild Birds." A special memorial ceremony released One Wing's ashes back to the Eyak Nation and into the Prince William Sound. "People came from all over the country to check up on One Wing, so it's only right that we finally release him in such a special way," Palmatier said.

Bald eagles and other birds are one of the most popular subjects of native art.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Getting Lots of Comment For Native American Dance Videos

We've been getting lots of comments for our Native American dance videos, especially the ones that are posted on YouTube.  We of course, welcome comments as long as they are relevant to the video.  These Native American dance videos are part of our now large collection of Native American Culture Videos.  Go check them out at the link.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Injured Native American Jingle Dress Dancer Graduates

During May's graduation at Haskell Indian Nations University, Willow Jack Abrahamson was the first student to cross the stage and receive her bachelor’s degree. That honor was bestowed upon her by the cheering crowd of students, teachers and family who call her a leader and  inspiration. Three years ago, Willow lost her husband and 4-year-old daughter in a car accident. Willow and her 6-year old son, Nakeezaka, survived, but Willow suffered head, spine, and pelvic injuries.  

Doctors told the award-winning Native American jingle dress dancer that she would need a wheelchair or walker. “I was feeling like the whole world was caving in. It was like I was living a real-life nightmare, something I would never want to see anybody go through,” Willow said.  What kept her going was a visit by the Dalai Lama, who heard her story and wanted to meet her. His Holiness reminded Willow that she still had a son and happiness to share. 

“I decided I can’t be sitting there acting like a crybaby," Willow remembers. " I am the mother and the father now. I have a child to raise. I’ve got to quit this road of self pity.”  In  2006, Willow returned to Haskell.  But tragedy struck again in 2007 when she and Nakeezaka were in another rollover accident.  Nakeezaka broke his arm and femur. Willow shattered her pelvic area. Again, doctors told said she'd need a wheelchair or walker. Willow said she often thought of the passage: “This too shall pass.”  

Once again, Willow overcame these challenges, then went on to finish college by graduating magna cum laude. She dedicated her graduation to her daughter and son. Willow was also honored as the head lady dancer at Haskell' powwow -- a high honor. 

To see what this type of dance is all about, see the video at Native American Jingle Dress Dance.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Nunavut Celebrates 15 Years of Inuit Land Claims

On July 9, 1993, Canada's Parliament passed the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act. The Act granted the Inuit their own territory and the right to form and run their own government.   In 1999, Nunavut officially became a new territory in Canada.  Recently, Nunavut celebrated its 15 year anniversary of Inuit Land Claims. 

"We ... recognize the efforts of our past leaders of the years - you're looking at [a] 25-, 30-year span - and our Inuit leaders at that time that worked so hard to get the land claims underway and trying to get recognition for the Inuit of Nunavut," said Paul Kaludjak, president of Nunavut Tunngavik, Inc.  "It's been [an] uphill battle ...  It's not all glamour, and it's been difficult at many times."  

The Nunavut Day Celebrations were kicked off by Kaludjak and Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit. Those attending enjoyed a feast, scavenger hunt, Inuit arts and craft show, chili cook-off and games. Inuit in Yellowknife also celebrated with a downtown lunch hour barbecue.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Artwork From Inuit Mythology Legends Shamanism

Some of the artwork featuring interesting characters from Inuit mythology, legends and shamanism  are shown in an new article this month on our website.  The last few months of new Inuit art articles were mainly focused on pieces, there are still some more images of artwork to make up another new article.  This will come out for October and we still haven't come around to editing the video footage.  So there is much more content to show in the upcoming months.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Art Carvings of Sedna From Inuit Legend

Some interesting art carvings of the Sedna which is a character from Inuit legend.  Just click on Sedna carvings to see them.

Although not a common subject among Inuit carvers, we do see Sedna pieces every now and then.  At Free Spirit Gallery, we do not carry any Sedna carvings but we can locate them for collectors if requested.  Just contact us if you are interested in Sedna pieces.

Monday, September 01, 2008

September Native Art Gallery Newsletter Tomorrow

The September Native Art gallery newsletter is coming out tomorrow, but only for our subscribers.  Subscription to our monthly newsletter is free so why not just go ahead and do so in the right top boxes on this blog page.  Otherwise, you will miss announcements on new articles, videos and artwork.  Each monthly newsletter issue doesn't appear online at our website until at the end of the month so with a free subscription, you won't have to wait for a month to get the latest news on Native Art.

Friday, August 29, 2008

August Native Tribal Art Newsletter Online

The August Native Tribal art newsletter is now online.  We always add our free monthly newsletters online near the end of each month.  But since some news might be timely, such as specials with native tribal artwork, it is to your advantage to get each monthly newsletter as soon as they come out.  That's why we suggest that you subscribe to our free monthly newsletter by entering your name and e-mail info at the top right of this blog page.  

Thursday, August 28, 2008

New Multi-Layered Inuit Inukshuk Sculpture

Here's a new multi-layered Inuit inukshuk art sculpture that came in this week.  It's built up like a mini tower with beautiful curvy sections.  Click on the image for more details of this piece.  There are also other Inuit inukshuk sculptures available at the gallery.

inuit inukshuk sculptures art gallery  

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Walking Polar Bear Eskimo Art Carving

We took in a new walking polar bear Eskimo art carving yesterday.  It's a beauty with gorgeous curves and very unique natural stone veining.  Check out more details of it by clicking on the image below;

eskimo art carving polar bear  

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Strange Characters From Inuit Art Soon

The next article I'm working on will show some of the strange characters from Inuit shamanism and mythology.  These Inuit carvings are from Inuit art as I managed to photograph several pieces featuring characters that were really out of this world.  I plan to announce this new article as part of the September newsletter next week.  So if you are not on our subscriber list for our free monthly newsletter, go to the box on the right top corner of this blog page.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Hope To Get New Polar Bears In This Week

We hope to get some new polar bears in sometime this week, particularly walking polar bear carvings.  So stay tuned as we will announce their arrivals here on this Inuit art bulletin blog.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Native American Headdresses

We were asked this week whether we deal with Native American headdresses.  The answer is no as we deal mainly with Native American artwork only.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Online Support Still Available For Native Tribal Art

Just a reminder that we are overseas right now and online support for our Native Tribal Art gallery is still available.  However, telephone support is not possible until August 24 when we get back to Canada.  Orders for Native Tribal art will still be taken online and we will process them as soon as we get back to ship them for Monday August 25.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Next Shipping Date For Inuit Art Will Be August 25

Since we are flying out today for an overseas trip and returning on August 22, our next shipping date for any orders of Native American art or Inuit art will be August 25.  We will remain online during this entire time so if you have to contact us, please do so and we should be able to get back to you if communication is online.  

We will not be able to communicate with you by phone until the weekend of August 23.  So if you call us during this time, we won't be picking up our telephone messages until August 22.

If you have your eye on a particular piece of Inuit art, please go ahead and order it online since our gallery system is still taking orders and they will be date stamped.  First who orders will be the first who gets to secure the particular piece of Inuit art.  We will process all orders during the evening of August 22 and spend the weekend back packing pieces for shipping for August 25.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Last Day of Shipping Native American Art Tomorrow Morning

Since I'm flying out tomorrow afternoon on Wednesday August 13 for about one and a half weeks, any orders for Native American art should be sent in immediately so I can get the shipments out by tomorrow morning.  Orders that come in after tomorrow afternoon will be processed and shipped when I return on August 22.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Northwest Native American Indian Art Prints Sold Out

We sold our last Northwest Native American Indian art print last week to a customer in Sweden.  I don't know when we will be getting any new prints at this time.  We are looking into the possibility of Native Indian art from the Ontario Woodland art area too.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Get Orders For Tribal Art In Before My Trip If Possible

I'll be overseas on a trip from August 13 to 22 so if possible, get any orders for our Tribal art in before that so I could ship out artwork.  Orders that come in during my trip will be processed as soon as I return on the 22 and shipped out on the following Monday the 25th.  Of course, if we get multiple orders for the same piece, the first order that comes in will be the lucky customer.  All online orders for Tribal art are time/date stamped.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Custom Designed First Nation Art Raven Done

Master carver Cody Mathias completed a huge custom designed First Nation art raven carving.  It was delivered to us for personal inspection as all custom artwork we do and today, we will ship it out to our client in Alberta.  This is a quality control step.  We also want to take photos of the piece so we can put it up on our First Nation art website.

We won't be adding the image of this new First Nation art raven carving until the end of the month but will announce it in September's issue of our free monthly gallery newsletter.  So if you want to be the first to see this beautiful carving, make sure that you sign up on our free newsletter list at the boxes on the top right of this blog page.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

July Newsletter Now Online At Tribal Art Gallery Website

Our July Newsletter is now online at our tribal art gallery website.  Normally, current monthly issues of our free newsletter are sent out to subscribers.  Then after each month, the issue is added online at our Newsletter Archives.  You can get new issues of our free monthly tribal art newletters as they come out by subscribing at the top right corner of this blog.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Only Four Polar Bears Left At Eskimo Art Gallery

We have only four polar bears left at our online Eskimo art gallery.  These are two walking bears and two dancing bears. Both of the walking bears are quite special because they feature teeth.  Polar bears are usually the most popular gifts that have a Canadian art appeal.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Gallery Canada Offers Discount For Our Customers

One of our partners, Gallery Canada, has informed us that they will be offering a 10% discount for all customers and website visitors of Free Spirit Gallery.  Gallery Canada, which specializes in white stone Inuit art, will have a special coupon/discount area on their online shopping cart and purchasers should enter the code freespirit.  All of their purchases will then get the 10% discount.

However, for this to work, you have to be a customer or website visitor from our gallery first.  Through the magic of technology, you will be recognized as an eligible customer only if you go through our website first and then click on one of the links to Gallery Canada.  If you go to their website directly, they system will not recognize you as coming from Free Spirit Gallery.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Sasquatch Photos On Art Gallery Website

We received the custom designed Sasquatch carving that Cody Mathias finished yesterday and wasted no time to take photos for our art gallery website.  The carving will be shipped out to the lucky client today.  The images of this very unique carving can be found at Sasquatch photos. This is the newly created page 3 of our custom design native art article so don't forget to look at the previous two pages as well.  From the title of this post, I hope some of you didn't think that we got photos of a real Sasquatch!

 

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Inuit Art Gallery Website On Apple Mac

So far, our Inuit art gallery website has been managed on our new Apple Mac for over a month now and we hope things look okay.  We are able to make updates rapidly now but now totally sure how the website looks on various monitors with Internet Explorer on Windows.  The only time I'm able to see our website through Internet Explorer on Windows is the occasional visit at the local library.  Apple Mac uses a different operating system which we love right now but we are aware that only a small percentage of the market is on it.  Our Inuit art gallery website looks great on the Mac Safari operating system as well as Firefox.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Inukshuk As A Birthday Gift For Mom

Yesterday, a customer ordered an Inuit inukshuk as a birthday gift for his mother.  What a nice present to give!  Of course, our Inuit inukshuk sculptures are each unique and one of a kind art pieces hand made by an Inuit carver from the Canadian Arctic region.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Toronto Toastmasters Clubs

When Free Spirit Gallery was based in Montreal, we had some business from local Toastmasters members since they received the added service of personal delivery.  Now that we are in the Toronto area and I'm affiliated with the local Toronto Toastmasters clubs, the same free personal delivery service is extended to Toronto area Toastmasters members.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sasquatch Carving On Its Way

The custom carving of a Sasquatch by Cody Mathias has been picked up by FedEx and is on its way to our gallery for inspection.  This is exciting news since we hardly ever see such a carving.  Stay tuned as it will definitely be added to our section of custom artwork for everyone to see.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Welcome To Mississauga Toastmasters Clubs Readers

I would just like to welcome members of my local Mississauga Toastmasters clubs who are visiting this blog and its affiliated Inuit art gallery website for the first time.  Feel free to browse around since there is a lot of information articles, videos and artwork at the gallery.  Also, feel free to comment on any of the blog posts here.  Don't forget to also get access to our free ebooks on Native art by signing up at the top right of this blog page.

image mississauga toastmasters club inuit art gallery  


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sasquatch Carving Coming Soon

Master carver Cody Mathias apparently has completed his custom Sasquatch carving done in the Northwest Indian art style.  This was a special commissioned piece requested by one of our customers.  It has taken several months for Cody to finally complete this piece so everyone is eager to see the results.  I am now arranging it to be shipped to us here at the Northwest Indian art gallery for inspection and some photos before shipping it out to the customer.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Polar Bears and Inukshuks

A local customer buying a retirement gift for an American colleague asked what would be the best type of Inuit sculpture for this purpose, especially if the intent was to give a uniquely Canadian gift.  I told him that the most popular Inuit sculptures recently for this type of gift, especially for a non-Canadian, are polar bears and inukshuks.  Polar bears of course are the top symbols of Canada and recently, the inukshuk has been following behind probably due to the 2010 Olympics mascot.  Other types of Inuit sculptures are nice too but they are probably best for recipients who already have an Inuit art collection.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Sasquatch Native Indian Carving Coming

I spoke to Cody Mathias yesterday and he's currently planning out the colors for painting his new Sasquatch Native Indian carving.  He should be finished sometime this week.  This is one of the latest custom art projects that he's doing for us.  The Sasquatch of course is the legendary, mythical (or real) creature that is considered to be the North American equivalent to the abominable snowman.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Will Not Likely Carry Any Native Tribal Art Over $500

One Northwest Native Tribal artist contacted me over the weekend to see if I'm interested in buying his pieces for our Native Tribal art gallery.  His pieces are quite large projects such as masks and totem poles worth a few thousand dollars.  One of the realities of an online only art gallery such as ours is that our online customer base is unlikely to purchase a very high end piece of Native Tribal art solely online without first seeing it in person.  So with the exception of the odd Native Tribal mask, we will likely not carry any Native Tribal art over $500.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Native American Indian Art Videos Can Be Used

I received a request from a university student yesterday asking me if he could use one of my Native American Indian art videos he found on YouTube for a school project.  I will reply to him that he can certainly use any of our videos as long as the clip is kept intact in its entirety.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Australia Also Apologizes to Its Indigenous People

Looks like Canada is not the only country that made a formal apology to its indigenous people when Prime Minister Harper made that historic apology in the Canadian parliament recently.  Australia did the same thing when its Prime Minister Rudd also apologized to Australian Aborigines, that country's indigenous people for crimes and injustices committed against them throughout Australia's history.  Hopefully, both indigenous peoples of both countries can now move forward along with their respective governments to correct what needs to be corrected.  The indigenous art of both countries is awesome and is a huge part of each nations identities.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

African Tribal Masks At Local Festival

We have a multicultural festival called Carrassauga here each spring and I attended for the first time in several years.  One of the African pavilions had a booth with African arts and crafts including a few African tribal masks.  They were okay in quality but not nearly as striking as some of the ones I've seen elsewhere.  For online sources of some really nice looking ones, see African Tribal Masks.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Free Native American Indian Art Book

Our free Native American Indian art book is always available when one subscribes to our free monthly newsletter which announces new articles, videos and Native American Indian artwork at Free Spirit Gallery.   If you want to see a more detailed description of this book, see Free Native American Indian Art Book for a list of topics contained.

 

Monday, July 14, 2008

Only One Northwest Coast Native Art Salmon Left

Since we shipped out a Northwest Coast Native art salmon carving by Gary Baker out to Alaska last week, there is only one other similar piece left at our online Native art gallery.  Check it out at Northwest Coast Native art salmon carvings

northwest coast native art salmon carvings  


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Annie Pootoogook TV Special

I just saw this on the TV listings. Tomorrow night on the Bravo channel at 8:30 pm, there is a 30 minute special on Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook, one of Canada's top artists.  Hope all of you Inuit art fans can catch it.

Friday, July 11, 2008

FedEx Does Not Delivery To PO Box Numbers

Free Spirit Gallery usually uses FedEx for shipping our beautiful Eskimo art and Native Indian art within North America.  However, some customers have PO Boxes as shipping addresses and FedEx does not deliver to PO Box numbers as they require street addresses.  Sometimes in these cases, we ask these customers if there is a business address to deliver artwork to as businesses tend to be open during normal business hours which makes it easy for FedEx.

When PO Box numbers are the best addresses to use for certain customers because of remote locations, then we usually use the postal services rather than FedEx.  We state on our website that in such cases, a $20 surcharge may be applied for shipping since for most larger sized boxes containing our artwork, the postal services will have higher shipping rates than FedEx.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Aboriginal Art Gallery Website Up and Running Again

Our Canadian aboriginal art gallery website is up and running after having been down for almost a day yesterday.  Everything is working again so go ahead and explore all the articles, videos and artwork there.  The order system is also working as we have just processed one for an aboriginal art piece this morning.  Thanks for your patience.  

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Gallery Website Offline Today

The website for Free Spirit Gallery is offline today since we forgot to renew the domain name.  But things have been straightened up with our domain name registrar so hopefully our website and e-mail will be online again very soon.  Thanks for your patience.

Clint - Free Spirit Gallery



Canadian Aboriginal Art Is In

Another corporate retirement party scheduled for today with a last minute caller from yesterday asking if we could help with a quick gift.  Looks like Canadian aboriginal art is very in for retirement gifts as this corporate customer was looking for a suitable piece for a retiring colleague.

No problem as this company was located in downtown Toronto and I said that I would be able to deliver the next morning.  So this customer quickly ordered an Inukshuk sculpture which next to the polar bear, is becoming an icon of Canadian aboriginal art.  Everything went through as expected and I'm personally taking this piece into her office this morning several hours well ahead of the retirement party.  Another retirement gift success.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Native American Art Books Downloadable For Free

There are two Native American art books that are downloadable for free at the Free Spirit Gallery website.  One is on Northwest Native Indian art and the other on Eskimo Inuit art.  These are free gifts from the gallery for subscribers of the free monthly newsletter.  You too can get access to these by either visiting the Free Spirit Gallery website and look for the Native Art books section on many of its webpages or simply fill in the boxes at the top right of this blog.

Monday, July 07, 2008

New Colors For Inuit Art Native American Art Blog

We changed some of the colors for this Inuit art and Native American art blog over the weekend in order to make things easier to read, especially the links.  This is just one of the things that we are learning to do over time so that the overall experience for all of our blog visitors will be enhanced.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Custom Commissioned Canadian Aboriginal Art

Our last customer who received a custom commissioned Canadian aboriginal art carving from us expanded on her testimonial comments to us.  Kathy Routhier of Somerset, Manitoba had requested us to produce a Canadian aboriginal art piece in the Northwest Native style of a marbled murrellet bird as a graduation gift for her son.  This is what she wrote;

"My carving arrived this afternoon safe and sound. You are right, it is a wonderful piece. Clint, I wanted to say once again how much I appreciate all you have done in making this graduation gift possible.  You have been supportive and extremely helpful right from the beginning and always kept me informed which was greatly appreciated also.  Your business ethics are exemplary and Cody did a marvellous job.  I would not hesitate to refer anyone to your gallery.  I am thoroughly pleased and I know that my son is going to love it as much as I do."


Even though this project took several months for our master carver Cody Mathias to complete, it was worth the long wait.  We currently have two other custom projects on the go and similar to previous ones, they are taking a very long time to do.  But I expect that once they are done, the results will be just as amazing as the other special commissioned Canadian aboriginal art projects we have done so far.


See our other testimonials we received from happy customers from around the world.


Thursday, July 03, 2008

Inuit Art During Pharmaceutical Sales Career

I recall during my former pharmaceutical sales career which involved visiting physicians, there were a few doctors who were obviously fans of Inuit art.  One in particular, had several Inuit art carvings on top of a shelf in his office.  I also traveled quite a bit and in some Canadian cities, got to visit some Inuit art galleries as well as Canadian First Nations art shops.  It was during my travels in pharmaceutical sales where I first got to see both Inuit art and Canadian First Nations art up close.

Inuit Art For England Britain and Rest of United Kingdom

Free Spirit Gallery has shipped Inuit art to customers in England Britain as well as other parts of the United Kingdom including Scotland over the years.  In fact, we just successfully shipped a loon piece carving to England Britain.  For such overseas shipping, there are different delivery options.  Although not free shipping as for our North American customers, we do offer subsidized shipping for our international customers.  See our two pager on general order information for Inuit art.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Possible For Northwest Indian Art Carvers To Teach?

One of our free monthly native art gallery newsletter subscribers asked if there were any classes in carving native art (he's non native).  I recall when I was visiting Vancouver, a few of the master carvers of Northwest Indian art were talking about one of their buddies teaching a carving class to non natives.  

I would also think that it might be possible for a master carving to take on a potential student for a day or two on a one to one training session as well, since they have all taught others in their own communities.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

New Domain For Bingorage

Eric Keast, a Native Canadian artist living up in Fort Frances, Ontario, has been operating a blog for some time.  He just secured the domain name www.bingorage.com to simplify things for his online presence.  He often puts up some interesting photos from his local surroundings in Fort Frances.  I use to travel to this beautiful area in northwestern Ontario a few times per year for business many years ago when I was working as a medical pharmaceutical sales representative.  So check Eric's site out.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Native American Art Newsletter Out Tomorrow

Our free monthly Native American art newsletter for June is online at our website now.  The July issue is actually coming out tomorrow on July 1 to our subscribers so make sure that you are on our distribution list in order to get the most up to date news on articles and artwork from our Native American art gallery.  Just fill in the boxes at the upper right of this blog page.  You will also get two free Native American art books for being a subscriber.

Previous issues of our newsletter are online at the archives.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Saskatchewan Offers More Opportunities For Canadian Aboriginals

There is an economic boom in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan which is in the middle of the country.  This boom will require a future demand for skilled workers.  This is good news for the province's Canadian aboriginal communities where unemployment has always been quite high.

The only thing is that most Canadian aboriginals at present are not employable because of the lack of skills.  So there are now efforts to bring in programs that are focused on training Canadian aboriginal individuals the skills required in order to meet this demand for workers.

This is great since improvements in the economy should benefit all, whether aboriginal or non-aboriginal.  When this happens, everything else will improve as well, including the Canadian aboriginal arts scene.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

New Inuit Art More Realistic

I was on a service call appointment with a customer this week since our gallery offers personal onsite service for folks living or working in the greater Toronto area.  This customer had narrowed down his choice to two different polar bear carvings.  

So I brought both of them to his home and he ended up buying both of them.  While I was there, he showed me his wife's small collection of two older pieces of Inuit art.  One was a seal and other other was a walrus carving.  They were both authentic pieces and I estimated them to be from the 1970s or 1980s.  Both had the animals posing on bases even though they were carved from single pieces of stone.  This style of carving in bases was more common back then.

The customer wanted at least one polar bear to complement the existing collection at home.  Since polar bears are now the most in demand of all Inuit art carvings, this was a good idea.

Today, the styles of Inuit art have evolved so that pieces look more realistic and do not usually feature a base.  Inuit carvings today are generally have more polished finishes as well.  Nevertheless, it was interesting to see the older pieces that this customer had in his house.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Puvurnituq Inuit Art Print

As an add on to the recent post about the CBC news segment on the sad state of affairs up at Puvurnituq, Nunavik, one of the Inuit art prints that is at our gallery right now is in fact from Puvurnituq.  It was produced just before the Inuit art print shop closed down so this print is really special since there haven't been anymore prints produced from Puvurnituq in years.

So if you are a collector of Inuit art prints, this print is definitely worthy.  Click on the image below for more details for this special artwork.

inuit art prints hunter seal  


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

No Native Art Retail Gallery Location But ...

Even though it states on our contact information webpage that we do not have a native art retail gallery location in the Toronto area, we still get a few calls asking if we do.  Sorry folks, we welcome your telephone calls but it isn't going to change things :)

We do NOT have a retail location which is why our prices are so good.  No expensive retail overhead means that we can offer better prices to you.  Also, if you are in the GTA, we offer personal on site service.  That is, we are willing to come to your home or office to show you the Native art pieces you might be interested in.  

So if you are in the Toronto area and want to shop for Inuit art or Northwest Native art, sure you can come to a retail gallery to see artwork.  Just not ours since we don't have one.  All pieces that we have in stock are on our website.  

If you insist on going to a retail gallery location, get ready to pay for higher prices, sometimes double.  But if you want the best prices possible, then come shop online for Inuit art and Native art at Free Spirit Gallery. Plus we do offer personal on site (your site that is) service.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Wave of Suicides Among Inuit Youth in Arctic North

The CBC news up here in Canada did a segment the other night about the wave of recent suicides among Inuit youth in Arctic north communities.  One community in particular, Puvirnituq, up in Arctic Quebec Nunavik, has been affected significantly with numerous incidents.

One of the associated problems is the lack of opportunities for Inuit youth in such isolated areas.  There is also an extreme shortage of housing as available homes are currently serving as shelter for as many as 20 people.

Inuit who escape their communities and head for cities like Montreal often find themselves in no better shape as they are left out in the streets homeless.

This is very sad indeed.  Inuit who are educated in college have returned back up north to help out their communities but progress with aid from the government is dreadfully slow.

At least those of us in the arts community (galleries and collectors) can do our best to help out by supporting the Inuit artists and carvers from the Arctic north.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Native American Cultural Videos on YouTube

All of our Native American Cultural Videos which are viewable directly at our Free Spirit Gallery website are also on YouTube.  Many people utilize the comments sections at our videos on YouTube but we have chosen to moderate them.  Some people for whatever reason, choose to write comments that are too political, have nothing to do with the videos or are just plain spam.  

Therefore, we exercise our option to not approve such comments and may even block particular YouTube users from attempting to leave future comments on any of our videos.  These Native American Cultural videos are for everyone's enjoyment and not a ground for political views or spam.  

If you are interested to access our videos for their cultural content, you can do so either through our website or on YouTube.  We suggest doing so at our website so you could get quick access to our other content such as our numerous information articles and Native American artwork.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New Inuit Art Articles For July

Since I am still learning my way around my new Mac computer, more than likely, there will not be any new videos ready for July at the Free Spirit Gallery website.  I haven't learned how to use the Mac's video software yet.

However, there will be some new articles with more images of Inuit art ready for sure.  These will be announced in our free monthly Native Art gallery newsletter, July issue.  In the meantime, to see our numerous current articles, see Inuit Art Information Articles.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Business Gift For US Company Executives

I got a call from somebody at a local Canadian company who has a parent company based in the US.  Some of the US executives are coming up to Canada for a visit and there was the idea of giving these visitors a nice business gift that is uniquely Canadian.  The folks at the Canadian office was thinking about some Inuit art like a polar bear carving or inukshuk sculpture.  What a great idea!

For more information on this type of gift giving using Inuit art, see this article on Corporate Business Gifts.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Wait Longer For Next Cody Mathias Custom Project

Looks like we will still have to wait for the next Cody Mathias custom Northwest Indian art project. He called me yesterday to let me know that he broke his second piece for this large raven project that he was suppose to finish up this week. For the sake of artistic integrity, we decided that he will have to restart the project a third time and take precautions so that he won't break another piece.

Apparently, the problem is that he has been carving this larger than usual piece on his lap which made it easier to break. So this time, he's going to carve the piece on a table. Hopefully, he will be successful this time around so that we may get a custom raven carving soon.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Native Art On Canadian Money

Someone who was watching the Bill Reid Spirit of Haida Gwaii video commented that this impressive sculpture is on the Canadian $20 bill along with other Native Canadian art. Well, this individual was certainly correct. It is Bill Reid's artwork on our money. In fact, you can see more details of this at Native Art on Canadian Banknote.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

New Arctic Inukshuk Added To Inuit Art Gallery

A new Arctic Inukshuk has been added to our Inuit art gallery this week. It is a nice solid piece from the Nunavik region of Arctic Canada. Click on the image below for more details about this piece. To see all of our current ones, see Arctic Inukshuk carvings.

arctic inukshuk inuit art gallery carvings

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Inuit Leader States Culture Is Strong During Harper Apology

After Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the official government apology to the Native people of Canada for the 100 years of residential schools that tore native children away from their families, several Canadian Native aboriginal leaders were allowed to address the House of Commons. One was Inuit leader Mary Simon who addressed the Commons in the native Inuit language Inuktutuk first followed by English.

She mentioned that she chose to speak to the Canadian government in Inuktutuk first as a demonstration that the Inuit culture is still strong. This was met with applause from the entire audience.

For more on culture, see Inuit Culture articles.

inuit culture canadian native harper apology residential schools canada government

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Native Aboriginals Help Build For Olympics

Many Canadian Native Aboriginal individuals who are short on skills with uncertain futures in the British Columbia region are getting some help from hardware retailer Rona. Rona has created a centre in Vancouver where numerous Native Aboriginal individuals are getting trained with special skills using construction tools to help build for the 2010 winter Olympics. Rona of course is supplying all the construction tools and materials.

This is a win win situation for all. It is benefiting the Olympics since things are getting built for the event. Native Aboriginals are getting useful training in skills that will make them employable in the future. And Rona is getting some great PR as a result.

The 2010 winter Olympics already has a Canadian Aboriginal flavor with its logo mascot derived from an Inuit inukshuk. For more details, see Inuit Inukshuk Olympics.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Prime Minister Harper To Announce Apology To Natives

Canadian Prime Minister Harper will be announcing the official federal government apology to Canadian Natives who were affected by Canada's prior policy with residential schools at 3 pm EST on Wednesday June 11, 2008. There will be coverage of this announcement by CBC. For decades, native children were taken away from families to attend these residential schools. Many of these native children did not survive and return back to their families. Among those who did return, their native culture were taken away by the missionaries who taught at these residential schools.

Only now are Canada's native people starting to reclaim their culture back with a renewed interest in native Canadian art as well as language and customs.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Canadian Government To Make Formal Apology For Native Residential Schools

The Canadian government will make a formal apology for forcing Native aboriginal children in attending residential schools many years ago. Even though these native residential schools were closed down decades ago, the after effects still exist today as many native people lost much of their own culture including language and religion as well as identity. This federal program of residential schools also applied to the Inuit communities up in the far north Arctic as well. For interesting information articles and videos, see Native Aboriginal Culture.

Kachina Dolls Sale At One of our Partners

Free Spirit Gallery does not carry any Kachina dolls or katsina dolls but we do recommend certain sources of them. One of these sources, Arizona Kachinas, seem to be having a sale on Kachina dolls as I see on their website that many prices have been reduced on various sizes of their Kachinas. See their website at Arizona Kachina Dolls to see what they currently have.

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

New Inuit Walrus Soapstone Sculpture Came In

A new Inuit walrus soapstone sculpture came in yesterday. A nice one waving a flipper to the crowd. So now we have two different walrus sculptures in our gallery. Check them out. You can also see our complete line of Inuit soapstone sculptures.

inuit walrus sculptures walruses

Friday, June 06, 2008

New Dancing Bears and Arctic Birds Added

We added a few more new Inuit carvings yesterday including dancing bears and Arctic birds. They are all listed in the New Arrivals of Inuit Carvings section.

You can also see them under the Polar Bears and Other Inuit Carvings sections respectively.

dancing bears inuit carvings arctic

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Native American Indian Art eCards

Don't forget that we have a nice collection of Native American Indian art eCards as well as Inuit art ones for everyone to use for free. If you haven't used eCards before, you simply select one of the images from our eCards page, then type in your email address as well as that of who you want to send the eCard to. Also input your respective names and finally your message to your recipient. You can preview your eCard if you want. When you are satisfied with the look, just hit send.

native american indian art ecards inuit

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

New Book On Haida Northwest Coast Native Art

Vancouver, May 27 2008 – Northwest Coast art authority Carol Sheehan’s new book Breathing Stone: Contemporary Haida Argillite Sculpture profiles 15 exceptional artists re-invigorating an old Northwest Coast art form. The book will be launched at Masters Gallery, Calgary on June 19 with author, artists, and photographers Jack Litrell and John W. Heintz in attendance. With 200 colour photographs taken in artists’ workshops, galleries, collectors’ homes and on-site in Haida Gwaii – the Queen Charlotte Islands – Breathing Stone is passionate, original and beautiful.

Inspirited by Haida master Bill Reid, the last 20 years have seen the emergence of prolific new sculptors on Haida Gwaii. “These Haida artists have been recognized in Canada and worldwide for their artistic passion, innovation, and excellence," said Sheehan."Exceptional in vision and execution, their work is expanding the legacy of fine art that has come from the people of Haida Gwaii for centuries." Throughout Breathing Stone, the excitement and commitment of the Haida artists shines through. For them, argillite sculpture is a source of intense pride, a means of showing the world the richness of their culture. See www.frontenachouse.com for sample pages of the book.

The artists of Breathing Stone are:

Sean Brennan; Michael Brown; Donnie Edenshaw; Shaun Edgars; Chris Russ; Gary Minaker Russ; Marcel Russ; Lionel Samuels; Jay Simeon; Robert Vogstad; Darrell White; Gryn White; Martin Williams; Cooper Wilson; and Freddie Wilson.

There is much more information such as articles, videos and artwork examples of Northwest Native art at the Free Spirit Gallery site.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

May Issue of Native American Art Gallery Newsletter

My computer fried last month after a power outage here and even though I was not able to update the Native American art gallery website for a week, all my files were fortunately salvaged. This is a major relief since all the photos and video footage of Inuit art were already downloaded into my computer. With the successful recovery of the data, here are two new articles featuring some of the Inuit art from this great collection;

Inuit Sculptures of Arctic Animals

Inuit Drawings

Towards the end of last month, several new pieces of Inuit sculptures were brought into the gallery including Inuit hunters, Arctic fish, inukshuk and muskox. We haven't had any Inuit hunters or muskox here for quite some time. A listing of these new pieces is at;

New Arrivals of Inuit Art

Subscribers of this free monthly newsletter were informed of price reductions on many of our Inuit art pieces and several collectors ended up with really nice pieces at great prices. This is yet another benefit of being a subscriber since you will be informed of such specials before anybody else on the web. If you haven't already, sign up at the top right of this blog page and you will also receive two free native art ebooks.

The final two videos clips from the Canadian Aboriginal Festival are now online. The first one shows another shot at the finals from the women's dance competition. The second is the third video on what seems to be a favourite, the ladies' jingle dress dancing. See these videos at;

Women's Finals Native Aboriginal Dance

More Ladies' Jingle Dress Native Dancing

More Inuit art will be out next month and hopefully, another customer project by Northwest native master carver Cody Mathias will be ready for viewing.

Clint

Free Spirit Gallery
www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca
Exquisite Inuit Eskimo & Northwest Native Art

Monday, June 02, 2008

New Arctic Seal Inuit Carving Added

We added a new little Arctic seal Inuit carving to our online gallery this morning. It's a nice little piece by Charlie Nalukturuk of Inukjuak. See all of our Arctic Seals. This is also yet another beautiful piece of Inuit art that is priced under $100.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Gold Native Indian Artwork Stolen From Museum

Sometime late on Friday night May 23, thieves broke into the Museum of Anthropology at University of British Columbia in Vancouver and stole artwork including about $2 million dollars worth of gold native Indian pieces created by the late Bill Reid. Bill Reid was one of Canada's most celebrated artists with important pieces on display at the Vancouver International airport, Canadian embassy in Washington and even the artwork on Canada's $20 bill. It was realized that these pieces were missing early on the Saturday morning.

The thieves also took some Mexican gold plated pieces in addition to the Native Indian artwork that is prominently displayed at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Officials stated that this theft may have been the work of some collector who knew what he wanted and was willing to turn to crime to get what he wanted.

Inuit Hunter With Arctic Seal Sculpture

Here's a rare Inuit hunter with a seal under the Arctic ice sculpture. This type of Inuit hunting scene is very difficult to carve and takes a great deal of skill from the carver. This particular piece is among our new arrivals of Inuit art this month. You can see details of this Inuit hunter by clicking on the image below.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Caribou Antler Bird Carving Eskimo Art

Sometimes rather than stone, other materials for Eskimo art are used. Caribou antler is often plentiful in the Arctic region so as a result, it is also used in producing Eskimo art. Here is one of the latest pieces that came into our online Eskimo art gallery. It is a bird carving made entirely of caribou antler. Check out more details at Eskimo art bird carving.

eskimo art bird carvings

Monday, May 26, 2008

Finally Some New Muskox Inuit Carvings

We haven't had any muskox Inuit carvings in stock for a long time but finally got some in last week. Although the two that we got in are relatively small pieces, they are very unique and cute. Both are selling for under $150 which is almost unheard of for muskox Inuit carvings! Check them out at Muskox Inuit Carvings.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Arctic Fish Carvings From The Inuit

Among some of the new Inuit art we brought in last week are two nice Arctic fish carvings. These have great detail and are from the Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) region. Check out these two carvings as well as others by clicking the image below.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

New Inuit Inukshuk Carvings

Inuit inukshuk carvings have been selling well lately so we managed to bring in a few more new ones. You can see these new inukshuk carvings at our website including a special one with a bird on top.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Reduced Prices on Inuit Art Sculptures

In order to make room for new Inuit art pieces that will be arriving in the near future, I reduced prices on many of the
current Inuit art pieces, especially those that have been in the gallery for awhile. Here are some of the 'specials';

Standing Polar Bear was $675, now $595

Polar Bear was $595, now $495

Another Polar Bear was $595, now $495

Polar Bear was $240, now $225
http://www.freespiritgallery.ca/Items/ibe-50.htm

Handstanding Bear was $195, now $175
http://www.freespiritgallery.ca/Items/ibe-51.htm

Kneeling Drum Dancer was $850, now $695
http://www.freespiritgallery.ca/Items/idr-5.htm

Seal was $90, now $75
http://www.freespiritgallery.ca/Items/ise-47.htm

Seal was $120, now $95
http://www.freespiritgallery.ca/Items/ise-49.htm

Arctic Fish was $160, now $130
http://www.freespiritgallery.ca/Items/ifi-34.htm

Ivory Seal Broach was $75, now $50
http://www.freespiritgallery.ca/Items/ipi-5.htm

Arctic Bird was $160, now $145
http://www.freespiritgallery.ca/Items/ibi-28.htm

and one of our Northwest Native carvings was also reduced;

24 inch Bald Eagle carving was $175, now $150
http://www.freespiritgallery.ca/Items/nea-6.htm

Previously, most pieces under $100 required a shipping charge.
Now, ALL pieces shipped to North American destinations whether
under or over $100 will be FREE.

So have some fun browsing and I hope either you or your friends
could take advantage of these reduced prices.

Clint

Free Spirit Gallery