Thursday, April 30, 2009

Native Canadian Wins Literary Prize

Canadian native writer Joseph Boyden, who is a Metis, was awarded Canada's highest prize for literary fiction.  His book, 'Through Black Spruce', was set in Cree lands of Mushkegowuk in Ontario.  The Canadian native people (as well as the rest of us), should be proud of this win as well as be inspired by it.  I am glad that more native individuals are excelling which hopefully encourages others in that community to do so as well.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Aboriginal Awareness Day

I wanted to attend an Aboriginal Awareness Day on June 21 at Crawford Lake Conservation Area nearby where I live but unfortunately, I will still be away on a trip in Newfoundland.  It would have been nice to take more photos and video of aboriginal culture for our already huge Aboriginal art website that is loaded with lots of articles and media.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vancouver Canucks Last Canadian NHL Hockey Team in Playoffs

Now with the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadians both eliminated from the NHL hockey playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks is the only remaining Canadian based team left with any chance of bringing the Stanley Cup to Canada.  I personally would like to see the Canucks last longer so that more people in North American can see that wonderful Vancouver Canucks Northwest Indian inspired Killer Whale logo.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Are We Really Embracing Diversity?

We often hear that we should embrace diversity and most people will agree that this is a good thing.  But the question is, are we really embracing diversity?  See my latest article which explores this question further via the link.  

Friday, April 24, 2009

April Native Art Gallery Newsletter Now Online

The April issue of our Native Art Gallery Newsletter is now online.  The next issue coming out to our free subscribers will be during the first week of May but it goes only to those who have signed up for it (you can sign up at the boxes at the top right of this page).  The May issue won't be online for general viewing until the end of May so get on the subscriber list so you won't have to wait.  Of course, all past issues can be viewed at Native Art Gallery Newsletter Archive.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Inuit Art Prints Sold Out But Some Soapstone Carvings Left

We just sold our last Inuit art print but we still have some soapstone carvings left at our gallery.  These include polar bears and inukshuks.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Orca Killerwhale Design On Vancouver Canucks Hockey Team

More on that Vancouver Canucks hockey team logo with the orca killerwhale design.  The killerwhale is one of the prominent symbols in Northwest Native Indian culture and art.  For more background on the role of this animal in Northwest Native Indian art, see Orca Killerwhale.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Vancouver Canucks In Hockey Playoffs

Now that the Vancouver Canucks are in the NHL hockey playoffs, more hockey fans are being exposed to the Canucks team logo with the Native Indian inspired design of an orca whale.  See this beautiful logo in more detail at Vancouver Canucks whale logo.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Native Art Gallery Owner Perfect For Asian Awareness Month

Diversity speaker and Native art gallery owner Clint Cora, who is Asian-Canadian, w0uld be an ideal speaker for college campus events during Asian Awareness Month or Asian Awareness Week.  Many colleges and universities now feature this campaign annually and it is a great time to put on a diversity presentation for students and staff on campus.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Native Aboriginal Students and Diversity at Colleges

Further to yesterday's post about aboriginal student centres at colleges, I think it's a great thing that more and more of our country's aboriginal people are making it into college for higher education.  But just like many international students from overseas, the Canadian college campus could be a bit of a culture shock and the risk of alienation and isolation of such students are high.  That's another reason why it's such a great idea to have places like aboriginal student centres where they can meet up with others.  But to be truly included into college life with others, the rest of the college including other students and staff must also take on the right attitude of accepting diversity.  As a college diversity speaker, this is where it will be extremely beneficial for all on campus to have diversity programs started to educate everyone on how to really embrace diversity for the better.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Diversity On University Campuses

As I'm researching the various Canadian university websites since I'm hoping to tour them next fall/winter with my diversity talk, I've noticed that quite a few have Aboriginal Student Centres.  This is a good sign since it shows that more and more of our Canadian aboriginal communities are starting to graduate native high school students.  More of these native students are starting to make it onto university campuses which in turn will set them as role models back in their communities.  This is points to the need for more education for all on diversity on university campuses which is why I put my program together.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Check Credit Cards For Buying Native Art

Since most people who buy online use credit cards, we want to ask that all potential customers please check their credit cards before buying native art online.  For our system, credit card authorizations are not immediate online.  We manually process credit card transactions through our terminal at our gallery.  So if your credit card is bad, then our system here will come back with a decline in authorization.  We won't proceed with your order if this is the case.  This is exactly what happened during one transaction this week.  So please make sure there's nothing wrong with our credit card before placing your order.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Native American Connection With Discovery Channel

I found a neat connection of Native American history and culture with the Discovery channel.  Details will come in next month's native art gallery newsletter.  So make sure that you have signed up as a free subscriber (see top right side corner of this blog).

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Only One Inuit Walrus Carving Left

We have only one Inuit walrus carving left at our online Inuit art gallery.  A customer picked up the handstanding walrus as well as the dancing one.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Awesome Native American Dance At College Conference

There was an awesome native american dance act at the APCA northeast regional conference this week.  They were similar to the dancers who performed at the Canadian Aboriginal Festival in Toronto.  

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Native Art Designs On Coins

Sometimes there are nice native art designs on collectible coins. One source that we recommend is Govmint, which is the largest resource for coins from around the world. If you click on the image below to get to their website, type in search terms 'native american', 'indian' and 'aboriginal'. Different coins with these different themes will come up.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Vancouver Canucks Logo

We have an article about the NHL hockey team Vancouver Canucks logo which is in the style of Pacific Northwest Indian art. We have been informed that the artist who designed this logo is Brent Lynch, a Vancouver area artist.