This basket almost doesn’t need a description. It’s beauty and precision speak for themselves. For more information, click or tap here.
Home & Away Blog
I thank all of you who sent me links to the article on Saturday. Following is my response to the article:
“I object to the article insinuating that art has made the situation in Cape Dorset worse than it would have been otherwise.
The fact that there is a serious drug and alcohol problem in Cape Dorset and other Inuit communities should not be blamed on the money coming in from art sales. The Inuit were forcibly taken from the land a couple of generations ago (seemingly to help them during times of famine and starvation) and placed in social and economic situations that were entirely foreign to them. It’s no wonder serious problems arose.
As far as lack of savings? Historically leading a nomadic life, Inuit were unable to save anything for thousands of years. Savings are a foreign concept to them. Instead, when they get money, they feed their families and buy things they need such as snowmobiles. Besides, with no banks in Cape Dorset, how could they possibly put money away?
Bottom line for me: it’s simplistic to create a link between the abundance of artwork and the continuing social issues in Cape Dorset.”
Further, it’s naive to think that bringing money into a poor community is going to solve complex social problems.
What do you think?
There are still a number of nice prints available including, as of this writing, the charming Owlettes print pictured above. Click here to see all the prints.
If you’re reading this before the release date, call 207 967-2122 to check on availability. On and after the 19th, available prints can be purchased online or by phone.
demonstrating basket making and answering questions for an appreciative full house at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, we posted a few videos on our Facebook business page: Click here to go to the page.
Gabriel Frey, 12th generation Passamaquoddy basket maker, will be demonstrating basket making at the Brick Store Museum on Main Street in Kennebunk, 10 AM to 2 PM, on Saturday, October 12.
Oh, and by the way, Home & Away will open at 2:30 in order to attend the event.
For more information on the Brick Store Museum’s website, click here.
While our online gallery is open 24/7 and we answer and return telephone calls any time we are able to, our Kennebunkport gallery hours are changing, beginning today, October 7 (Eastern time):
Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM
Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM
As always, if you are planning a trip to the gallery, please call 207 967-2122 in advance. We sometimes have other commitments that prevent us from opening the gallery on weekends. Stay tuned for one such event coming up this Saturday, October 12.
With the 2019 Cape Dorset print collection available for reserving, we want to make sure you don’t lose track of prints we have from previous years. Click here to see our selection of Cape Dorset prints. Use coupon code Feature15 for a 15% discount on prints (excluding the 2019 Cape Dorset print collection). *
Feel free to call us any time at 207 967-2122 if you have any questions or if you prefer to speak with someone, rather than place an order online.
* This discount will be valid until September 27; it cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount.
Almost two weeks ago, I alerted you to new items that would be coming in the fall. We have now received a good number of them, and some are on the website, including, but not limited to the ones above. To see all the new (unsold) items, visit our New page.
As always, feel free to call 207 967-2122 to discuss anything.
But wait, there is more to come: we have a lot of work by Amelia Joe-Chandler that has not yet been photographed for the website. If you’re in the area, stop in to see it. Otherwise, keep checking back on the website.
We’re enjoying the fall weather; we hope it’s been nice where you are.
Home & Away Gallery has one of the largest online selections of Wabanaki baskets from Maine, including Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Micmac. We’ll be adding another basket by Sarah Sockbeson and four baskets by Pam Cunningham in the next week. We expect a few more Wabanaki baskets later in the fall.
We have a handful of baskets from the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest Coast as well.
Use code Feature15 in the Coupon field of the shopping cart for a 15% discount on any basket in inventory — even the ones we’ve just added or are about to add. (This promotion has now ended.)
As always, feel free to call us at 207 967-2122 if you prefer personal service to an online shopping cart. We’re always happy to speak with customers!
(We’ve Moved our Featured Category to the blog.)
We want everyone to come to a better understanding of the legality of selling walrus tusk or mammoth tusk items within the U.S. There is a lot of confusion about whether the sale of Alaskan ivory is legal; In most states it is.* In other words, the nationwide ban on trade in elephant ivory does not apply to walrus and mammoth tusk in most states.
The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, under the U.S. Department of the Interior, created a brochure to explain that use of walrus tusk by Alaskan natives is protected by law. See the brochure here.
In the meantime, enjoy a 15% discount on Alaskan carvings and jewelry by using the code Feature15 in the coupon section of our shopping cart. (This promotion has now ended.) You can always call us at 207 967-2122, if you prefer to speak with a person when purchasing something.
*As of this writing, we understand that California, New Jersey, and Hawaii have banned trade in all types of ivory, including walrus tusk and mammoth tusk. New York has banned trade in mammoth tusk. In addition, it is illegal for us to send any kind of ivory to other countries, unless it can be proven that it precedes the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.