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Aboriginal Art In Canada: Where To Find The Most Authentic Pieces

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aboriginal Art In Canada: Where To Find The Most Authentic Pieces

The First Nations, Inuit and Metis all have their own cultural and artistic contributions to Canada. Unfortunately, there are also several fake pieces of art claiming to be genuine works of the Native Peoples of Canada. If you are interested in acquiring or just viewing authentic aboriginal art, here are a few places you can look for it. On Tribal Lands If you secure permission to travel onto tribal lands, you will have plenty of opportunities to view aboriginal art in its natural environment. Meeting houses and homes of tribal elders contain many works that have been created for either special ceremonies or connections to ancestral roots. Students of art history often have opportunities to see these works up close, so that may be an option for viewing items that are not in an art shop or gallery. Additionally, there may be art shops and galleries on the outskirts of tribal lands that show and sell works made by Native Canadians. Well-Known Aborigine Artists Canada has several artists who are First Nation, Inuit or Metis by birth, and who regularly display their works in galleries across Canada. If you become familiar with these artists and their work, you will undoubtedly discover many more aborigine artists, the art they produce and where they show or sell their works as well. Gallery and shop owners who show and sell aboriginal art are also good resources for finding and connecting to more authentic pieces and their creators. University Campuses In the art, paleontology and archaeology departments of some of Canada’s universities you will find aboriginal art as well. Some of it is very old and priceless, but some is very new, and the product of aboriginal students in attendance at the universities. Every so often, the universities will feature an exhibit of both artistic and historical significance regarding aboriginal art. You can check the universities’ web pages for information on upcoming exhibits and events. The cultural/tribal attaches at the universities would also be an excellent resource for finding out more about authentic Native Canadian art. What to Look For Authentic Native Canadian and aboriginal art often encompasses masks, clothing, footwear, totems, wooden sculptures, clay sculptures and clay vessels, woven work, jewelry and beads. The works should be clearly labeled as works by an aboriginal artist by name, tribe or nation and origin. If there is any label on it that indicates “Made in…,” it is not an authentic piece of aboriginal art, and you need to leave it on the shelves for the tourists. Contact an art shop like Gallery Phillip for more...

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2 Native Haida Indian Legends That Live On In Art

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Some of the most beautiful pieces of Native Indian art are actually stories brought to life in stone, silver, wood, or other materials. The value of the art is partially in the craftsmanship and beauty of the pieces, and partially in the traditional stories they portray. Read below to learn more about two stories commonly portrayed in Native American Haida art and how to identify them. Raven Steals The Sun, Moon, And Stars There are many versions of this story, but the legends all say that the first humans struggled enormously in the world because they were without light. It was being hoarded in a box by an old man who refused to share. Raven, a Trickster God, saw the suffering (and an opportunity for some fun), and decided to do something about the problem. Using his magic, he convinced the old man that he was the old man’s grandchild. Once the old man was fooled, he let Raven play with the box, and Raven promptly grabbed the ball of light in his beak and flew away with it. Depending on the story, the light became the sun, the moon, and even the stars once Raven dropped it in the sky. To add this story to your collection of Native Art, look for a piece that depicts a large beaked bird with a round ball in his mouth. Depending on the piece, you may find a small image of an angry man (sometimes hidden on the bottom) – the old fellow who’s still angry at Raven for stealing the light! Frog Brings Mankind Knowledge There are numerous stories about frogs in Native American culture, most of which stress the importance of being polite to them. They are the keepers of knowledge and bring luck to those that respect them.Their big eyes see many things and their wide mouths and long tongues are signs that they keep many secrets – some of which they’ve shared with mankind over the centuries. Because frogs dwell on both land and water, they’re seen as messengers of the spirit world and their song contains magic. In at least one legend, Frog loaned his skin to a man so that he could use its magic to learn to hunt – which kept early humankind from starving! When looking for frog art, look for wide round eyes and a large mouth. The tongue of the frog is sometimes extended, indicating that the frog is ready to whisper magical secrets about the world to someone – if that person knows how to listen! If you find a piece that shows a man hunched down underneath a frog, then the artist is retelling the story of the warrior the frogs taught to hunt. When you collect traditional Native American art from a place like Cheryl’s Trading Post, knowing the stories behind the symbols helps add an extra depth of meaning to each piece that you...

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