Friday, February 29, 2008

Arctic Seal Inuit Carvings and Inukshuk

Another new piece we have among our new Inuit carvings is a nice sized Arctic seal. As you will notice in our section for Inuit carvings of seals, there is an inukshuk there as well. This is a special inukshuk since it also comes with an Arctic seal on top. Both this unique piece and the new seal carving can be seen in the seal section. Click on the image below to see the seals.

arctic seals inuit carvings

Thursday, February 28, 2008

New Inuit Loon Bird Carving from Sanikiluaq Island

The first of our new arrivals of Inuit art is a carving of a loon bird from Sanikiluaq island where the Inuit carvers are known for their detailed bird sculptures since the region has an abundance of birds. This one is a beautiful loon bird and more details of it are available by clicking on the image below;

inuit art carvings birds sanikiluaq

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

New Inuit Carvings On the Way!

I picked up several new Inuit carvings and just finished taking photos tonight. They should be added to the online Inuit art gallery here at Free Spirit by the end of this week. So check back to see what we have selected as new additions to the gallery.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Inuit To Investigate Slaughter of Sled Dogs in Arctic

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is holding public hearings to explore allegations that thousands of Inuit sled dogs were slaughtered by the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) in the Arctic.

"The mandate that has been given to us by QIA is to investigate and do some hearings and interviews ... to find out about the dog slaughter," said Joanasie Akumalik from the truth commission.

Some of the Inuit have long claimed that the RCMP killed about 20,000 sled dogs in Nunavut from the 1950s to 1970s. The RCMP says some dogs were killed because they were sick or posed a danger to Arctic residents. The RCMP also denied allegations of an organized, mass slaughter, and an RCMP investigation cleared the police of any wrongdoing.

The QIA formed their own truth commission claiming the RCMP report gave a one-sided view of what happened. The QIA panel will travel to communities in the Qikiqtani Baffin region this year to hear from the people.

Let's hope that things can get resolved quickly because the Inuit people and the RCMP depend on each other up in the Arctic to maintain the peace. Being so remote, the Inuit communities in the Arctic utilize the RCMP as the official police department in the region.

On a more positive note, see Free Spirit Gallery's extensive collection of Inuit Art Information articles.

Monday, February 25, 2008

African Tribal Art Information

Don't forget that among our vast amounts of Native art information, there is also some good articles on African Tribal art information. African Tribal art includes masks, paintings, carvings and textiles. See our webpages on African art.

african tribal art information masks

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Inuit Inukshuk Sculpture Goes To Sweden

Continuing on with the international growth in popularity of our Canadian Inuit art, we just shipped an Inuit inukshuk sculpture to a new customer in Sweden. This month alone, we have shipped Inuit art to Italy and Japan as well. It's great to see more and more people from overseas discovering the beauty if Canadian Inuit art as well as our Canadian Aboriginal Indian art.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Canadian First Nations School Gets Failing Grade

The First Nations School of Toronto in Ontario, Canada suspends 33% of its elementary school students every year. In 2007, the entire grade 3 class could not meet Ontario provincial standards in reading, writing or arithmetic.

A report released by lawyer Julian Falcone points to the "disturbing realities at the First Nations School of Toronto," which is made up of Canadian First Nations native K-8 students. Falconer, who spent two days at the First Nations School, left feeling "crushed" by conditions there.

"Despite all the best efforts of its principal, all the best efforts of its incredibly dedicated teachers, the conditions in that school are appalling."

Falcone said the Toronto school board has systematically failed to support First Nations School. It lacks teachers with a Canadian First Nations aboriginal background, a full-time, permanent youth counsellor, and has no Canadian First Nations aboriginal counsellors.

"We have to change the way this board thinks. The system simply has to do better," he said. "These kids need a voice. They are being failed by this school board."

This is really too bad and the experience of this school should be considered since there is present debate on whether to fund an all black school in Toronto as well. The Canadian First Nations students should be set up in a system where they are supported and there is pride in what they do. They have a lots to be proud of if they can only be taught how to tap into their rich culture including Canadian First Nations art.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Inuit Youth Project in Canada's Nunavut

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association will soon receive $86,000 in funds to help launch a two year project at the Pangnirtung Youth Centre in Canada's Nunavut. The project will offer Canadian Inuit youth opportunities to improve their skills, knowledge, and leadership abilities.

"It is important that we help Aboriginal young people reach their full potential," said Minister Chuck Strahl. "Projects like these allow them to engage in their community, and become active participants in shaping their future."

This is great news especially given that Nunavut in general has a very high percentage of youth compared to the rest of Canada. Perhaps Inuit art will be part of this exciting program which will help budding Inuit artists get a start in an artistic career.

See Free Spirit Gallery for lots of information and images on Inuit art.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Inuit Art Native American Art Gallery Newletter from January

For those of you who missed our January 2008 edition of our Inuit art Native American art gallery newsletter, here it is again.

Happy New Year!

As previously promised, the first clips from the video footage I took at the Canadian Aboriginal Festival in Toronto are now online. The first one shows parts of the magnificent Grand Entry of native dancers from all over North America.

The second clip shows a women dance competition called 'jingle dress' where the competitors wear special dresses fitted with metal pieces that make sounds during motion.

The third one is a short clip of the powerful pow wow drum music that accompanied the dancers. See these videos at;

Native Dancers Grand Entry

Native American Dance Competition (Jingle Dress Division)

Pow Wow Drum Music

There is also an article about my day at this festival complete with some photos.

Last month, I alerted newsletter subscribers to the arrival of some new Northwest Native carvings by master carver Paul Joseph. More than half of these new pieces have already been sold. There are only a few of Paul's awesome spread winged bird carvings left and once they are gone, I don't expect anymore for some time. So check out the remaining pieces at;

Eagles & Other Birds

Finally, to start your prosperous and healthy New Year right with a beautiful new 2008 calendar from our recommended source (again, since we do not carry them), check out;

Native Art and Related 2008 Calendars

Inuit Art and Arctic Related 2008 Calendars

Until next month when more videos from the Canadian Aboriginal Festival will be up,


Free Spirit Gallery

Monday, February 18, 2008

Larger Inukshuk Sculptures?

We have had some calls from companies asking us if there are larger Inuit inukshuk sculptures compared to the ones we normally carry in our online gallery.

The answer is that we are certainly able to locate larger inukshuk sculptures and typically, they are anywhere from 12 to 14 inches high and about 6 to 10 inches across. They cost anywhere from $750 to $1,200 US. Their availability depends on what I can locate at any particular time as there are usually some but not a lot of such pieces to choose from.

So if it's a larger Inuit inukshuk sculpture that you are looking for in terms of a business or personal gift, contact our online gallery and we can see what is available.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Took Photos of Native Canadian Art at Mississauga Civic Centre

I was at the Mississauga Civic Centre this week which is the city hall for Mississauga. This is now the home base for Free Spirit Gallery since relocating from Montreal. Mississauga is right next to Toronto and it is now the sixth largest city in Canada.

The Mississauga Civic Centre to my surprise, had quite a nice collection of Native Canadian artwork and I took photos of most of them which will be featured in some articles at the Free Spirit Gallery website in the near future.

So stay tuned for the announcement of these articles. They will be announced in one of the upcoming monthly newsletters from Free Spirit Gallery as well so make sure you are on our mailing list by signing up at the boxes on the right top side of this blog.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Spread Winged Bird Carvings by Native Indian Artist Paul Joseph

There are only two spread winged bird carvings by Northwest Native Indian artist Paul Joseph left at the gallery. One is a raven and the other is a thunderbird. Paul is probably not going to be making anymore of these for quite some time so if you have an eye for one of these magnificent spread winged native bird carvings, better hurry and check them out while they are still here.

northwest native bird carvings raven

northwest native bird carvings thunderbird

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Ancient Eskimo Mask Returned To Community

King Island in Alaska was a former Inupiat Eskimo community and was abandoned about 40 years ago. There are still some crumbling homes still perched on stilts there but not much else remains. Recently, Marilyn Lewis contacted the relocated King Island Eskimo community and told them that she had an ancient Eskimo mask a relative brought home more than a century ago. On the back was a faint inscription: "Taken from a medicine man's grave on King Island."

Marilyn said she wanted to return the ancient Eskimo wooden mask to its rightful owners. Two weeks later, Marilyn traveled from Washington state to hand deliver the old Eskimo artifact. It is now on display at the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum in Nome, Alaska.

For interesting facts about masks, see Native Masks. Free Spirit Gallery also has some nice collector's Northwest Native Masks.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Polar Bears With Teeth Eskimo Sculptures

Usually, we do not see Eskimo sculptures of polar bears showing their teeth but we just happen to have two such pieces in our Eskimo art gallery. Both of these polar bears were carved by Johnnylee Akpalialuk. So if you are interested in an Eskimo sculpture of a polar bear with teeth, click on the images below.

eskimo sculptures art polar bears bear carving

eskmo art sculptures polar bears bear carvings

Monday, February 11, 2008

Rare White Inuit Inukshuk Carving

Among some of our new Inuit inukshuk carvings is a rare white stone one. This would certainly be an interesting addition to any collector of Inuit art since most Inuit carvings are dark color stone.

For more details of this white Inuit inukshuk carving, click on the image below.

white inuit inukshuk carvings art

Friday, February 08, 2008

All Inuit Dancing Bears Sold Out

All Inuit dancing bears at our online gallery have been sold out. The last ones is were shipped to customers in Japan and Italy this week. So international overseas customers are discovering our Inuit art online gallery these days.

We hope to get more Inuit dancing bear sculptures soon. Sign up for our free monthly newsletter so that you could be among the first to know about their arrivals at the gallery. Use the sign up boxes at the top right of this blog page.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

White Polar Bear Inuit Art Sculpture

Most Inuit art sculptures are dark in color since most of the indigenous stone up in the Arctic is dark. However, sometimes there is white color stone and therefore some Inuit art sculptures have been carved resulting in white. Here is a relatively rare white color polar bear sculpture which is actually quite fitting since polar bears are white in nature. Click on the image below for more details of this lovely piece before it is sold.

inuit art sculptures white polar bear

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Inuit Art Gallery Ships To Japan

Inuit art gallery Free Spirit Gallery shipped two pieces of artwork today to a new customer in Japan. Free Spirit had previously shipped to international overseas customers in Australia and Europe so it's always exciting to have new customers from different parts of the world.

Free Spirit Gallery has a section for our Japanese Inuit art customers.

Inuit art collectors from all over the world are discovering Free Spirit Gallery which is based near Toronto, Canada.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Traditional Jingle Dress American Indian Dance Video

The American Indian jingle dress dance video put up last month was so popular, we have added another clip to the Free Spirit Gallery website. This time, it is a video clip of a more traditional version of an American Indian jingle dress dance. It is still relatively high energy and the ladies here were part of a competition at the Canadian Aboriginal Festival in Toronto in December.

See this video at Traditional American Indian Jingle Dress Dance.

Friday, February 01, 2008

New Polar Bear Cub Inuit Carving From Cape Dorset

Here is a really cute polar bear cub Inuit carving by Moe Pootoogook of Cape Dorset. We usually do not get polar bears that look like cubs but this one has youngster written all over it. Check it out along with the other Inuit carvings of polar bears we currently have in the gallery.

inuit carvings polar bear cub cape dorset bears