Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Pacific Northwest Native Culture Information

The Sealaska Heritage Institute have put together an informative educational series online on Pacific Northwest native culture, particularly, Tlingit culture. Details are at Tlingit Culture series.

Of course, we have a huge collection of Pacific Northwest Indian Art information and Native American Culture articles as well.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Toronto Area Customers of Inuit Native Art Getting Personal Deliveries

Looks like more and more of the local Toronto area customers of Inuit art and Native Indian art are taking advantage of Free Spirit Gallery's quick personal (and mostly free) deliveries of pieces. Just in the last week or so, we have made four such personal deliveries to customers in the local Toronto and surrounding area. Most of the time, they received their Inuit art or Native Indian art the very next day after ordering at our online art gallery. Talk about quick service!

Monday, April 28, 2008

New Dancing Bear Inuit Carving

The new dancing bear Inuit carving is actually one of two dancing bears by Moe Pootoogook of Cape Dorset that we currently have at our Inuit art gallery right now. This recent arrival is like a smaller version of the other we have. For more details, click on the image below and to see all of them, see our Polar Bears Inuit Carvings.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

New Inuit Art Inukshuk Sculptures Are In

We have received a few new Inuit art inukshuk sculptures. These include a classic shaped inukshuk, another rare white one and a larger asymetrically shaped piece.

We also got in a new Inuit art dancing bear by Moe Pootoogook.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Inuit Inukshuks Will Be In This Week

New Inuit inukshuks have arrived at our Inuit art gallery and we are currently processing them. They should be up on our gallery website later this week so stay tuned for them. Meanwhile, there currently is a rare Inuit inukshuk with a seal carving available.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Inuit Hip Hop TV Program

There will be a TV documentary called Arctic Hip Hop on the Global television station on April 19 at 7 pm EST. Here is the synopsis:

5 days, 2 cultures, 1 beat in the remote Hamlet of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
Capitalizing on the popularity of Hip Hop, Social Worker and longtime B-boy Stephen Leafloor has brought positive Hip Hop workshops to the north. While dancing to the beat, kids are encouraged to blend their rich, ancient culture with a modern one. Between backspins and body-waves, they discuss bullying, body image and suicide. Five days later they emerge not only better dancers, but more confident kids, who have a clearer idea of how to balance their cultural identity with modern times.

See also examples of Inuit art.

First Nation Carvers Stop During Deaths

I learned something about First Nation traditions yesterday. When I was speaking to Cody Mathias, a master First Nation carver, I was told that there were two recent community deaths. During these times, First Nation carvers stop carving as a tradition. I didn't know that.

As a result, this will delay a few of the custom First Nation artwork that was commissioned but our master carvers should be back on track now.

We already have some ready made First Nation carvings at our native gallery.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Inuit Native Basketry

Quite often in Inuit Native basketry, the artisans attach a small Inuit soapstone sculpture as a handle for the lid of the native basket. This certainly adds a new dimension to native basketry.

One of our new additions at our Inuit art gallery is such a native basket with an Inuit soapstone sculpture as a lid handle. This Inuit native basket was made by Lucy Weetaluktuk of Inukjuak up in the Canadian Arctic. It features a nice Inuit soapstone sculpture of a fish. For more details of this wonderful piece, click on the image below.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Arctic Needs More Nursing Students

Officials at Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) want to attract more people, especially Inuit, into the health care professions. While most NAC programs (such as the various Inuit art programs) are filled, only 5 students have signed up for 14 spots in the school's nursing program. Part of the problem, officials say, is that many high school grads must spend a year upgrading their math and science skills to qualify for the program. To attract more students, NAC recently hired a public affairs person to do outreach work with high school students across the territory. It will also offer courses in smaller communities so that students - often women with children - can stay closer to home.

Since I've been up to the Arctic twice, I can see that Nunavut, especially Iqaluit, is a growing community with lots of children. This will of course require more health care professional up there. It's not easy to recruit from the south so there should be more emphasis in developing their own health care network locally in the Arctic. Of course, it won't be easy since only 25% of high school students currently graduate so a big push is definitely required.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Eskimo Native Basketry

Here is one of the examples of fine Eskimo Native basketry. It is one of the native baskets we brought back to our Eskimo art gallery last week. It was made by Emily Novalinga from Nunavik which is the Arctic Quebec region. For more details of this Eskimo native basket, click on the image below.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Caribou Antler Inuit Bird Carving Quickly Sold

The Inuit bird carving that was made entirely from caribou antler was quickly sold after the announcement of its arrival came out. So this shows that for some of the rare and special pieces, one must be have access to the information on latest arrivals of Inuit artwork at our gallery. The best way to do this is to be on our list of monthly newsletter subscribers which is free. Annoucements will go out to this list and therefore our subscribers will be the first to know about the latest artwork here. Just sign up at the boxes located in the upper right side of this blog page.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Native American Indian Baskets From the Arctic

Baskets are a common art form among Native American Indian people but what is relatively unknown, even to avid collectors, is that some of the Inuit people from the Arctic north also make Native baskets. Sea lyme grass grows in areas located in Quebec Arctic and the Inuit people in this region uses this grass to weave excellent baskets.

See some examples of new Native Inuit Baskets that were just brought into the gallery.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Will Have Some New Native American Indian Baskets Soon

We haven't had any Native American Indian baskets at the native art gallery for a long time but we did get two new ones in this week. We hope to get them online by the weekend. More specifically, they are lime grass baskets made by Inuit up in Nunavik (Arctic Quebec). So stay tuned.

Monday, April 07, 2008

African Drums Available Online

Anybody who has seen an African musical performance will certainly agree that it is one of the most energetic shows around. This is largely due to the booming sounds of the African drums. These musical instruments from Africa are now available to all lovers of African art, culture and music. Click on any of the images below to see more details of African drums.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Inuit Native Art Galleries For Sale

No, not mine. But looks like just this week, I've received information regarding not one but two different native art galleries for sale. One specializes in Inuit art and is located in Vancouver, BC. The other is a Northwest native art gallery closing down and selling off all stock up at Queen Charlotte Islands, BC.

I think I'll just keep my online only Inuit native art gallery since it specializes in a low to medium price range of quality, authentic native art. Our online business model is a good one for customers as well as us since with low overhead, we are able to keep prices down with about 50% savings compared to if we ran a street retail art gallery.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Do You Collect Inukshuk Sculptures?

The Inuit inukshuk has been getting more well known and popular as an Inuit art subject. This is probably due to both the continuing growth of Inuit art as well as the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics which uses an Inuit inukshuk as a winter Olympic mascot.

If you collect inukshuk carvings, I have to bring to your attention again that special piece we have in our Inuit art gallery which is the inukshuk with seal piece. I've never come across anything like that before so this is definitely a rare find. The fact that it's available to any collector for under $200 is amazing.

For more details of this fascinating piece, click on the image below;

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Is Africa the Dark Continent?

In our April gallery newsletter, we refer readers to one of our articles on African art and use the phrase Africa, the Dark Continent since this term has always been used to describe the mysterious continent, at least to folks in the western world.

Well, looks like one of our readers, an African from Africa, took offence to this phrase and took 'dark' as a negative. He claims that Africa was created in the light and that us westerners made it dark. Oh boy!

Of course, when we were using this term, we never intend it to mean anything derogatory to Africans. At the same time, we don't feel that the term 'dark continent' is being used as a negative and therefore we will not change the terms in our article or newsletter.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Will Try To Get More Inuit Baskets

I will be seeing my contact for Inuit art from Nunavik next week and apparently, there are some Inuit baskets that came in. So I'll see if there are any good ones I like for bringing back to our Inuit art gallery.