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In Canada, the Native people are called Inuit.
In Alaska Native people are known as Eskimos.
The ethographic artistic expression of the Arctic peoples is as old
as the Vikings and the ancient tribes that crossed the Bering Strait. Although it was never considered as "art" by its makers. (Even today, there is no word in the Inuit language for "art".
find examples of Alaskan and Inuit material culture in museums and
private collections world-wide. The Arctic art work that makes its
way to market in the
21st Century is that which is made primarily for sale, but is faithful
to the tribal traditions that have survived the influence of European
traders and missionaries.
Arctic art provides powerful imagery and a potent history of these
resilient people. The finest Alaskan Eskimo carvers continue to work
in wood, the walrus tusks, ossified whale bone and baleen with a finesse
and grace that is stunning.*
finest Inuit artists carve arresting shamanistic images and compelling
of indigenous wildlife from soapstone in a tradition that became popular
1930s under the guidance and encouragement of the Canadian government.
Art of the First Person is proud to present outstanding pieces in
both Eskimo and Inuit genres.Incidentally,
some people include the tribes of the
Pacific Northwest in the Arctic tradition. We prefer to include the
Tsimshian, Haida. Kwakiutl, Salish and Nootka in our American Indian
which is where you will find their work.
be advised: Due to the laws of the United States and Canada, works made
with parts from marine mammals may not be imported into either country.
Therefore any carving we sell that contains walrus tusk, whale bone
or other marine mammal material will only be shipped
within the United states.
Arctic art may be found at
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Fort Myers, FL. 33908