110 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Celebrating the diversity of Native heritage with a wide variety of inspiring art, Micah Gallery is in a league of its own.
|Store Type |||Gifts, Jewelry, Art, Western|
|Mon-Wed: 10AM-6PM Thurs-Fri: 9AM-7PM Sat: 10AM-5:30PM Sun: 11AM-5PM|
Profile Last Updated: August 20, 2008
One of the finest Native art galleries in the nation can be found in a heritage building in downtown Calgary, offering more than 4,000 authentic items of Indian jewelry, arts, crafts, fashions, collectibles and gifts from across North America. The retail space opened in 1994, in a setting with 14-foot ceilings and hand-carved sandstone walls, featuring a massive collection of handcrafted items.
Micah Gallery features work from five major cultures. The Inuit artists based in the Arctic have depicted the duality between man and nature, using sparse natural resources like rock, hides and animal bones, producing a unique art style from simple materials; North American Plains societies expressed their symbolism through finished hide goods, with colourful and intricate beading, ostentatious feather work on headdresses, and painted and quillwork designs; American Southwest societies created works dominated by symbols like the sun, water, corn, prominent animals, and the god of fertility and harvest known as Kokopelli, represented in silver jewellery, kachinas, sand paintings and pottery.
Northwest Coast art available at the Micah Gallery refers to a group of tribes whose descendants live along the Pacific Ocean coast and river estuaries of western North America, who reached high standards of craftsmanship in their carving of wood, bone and ivory, becoming known for their masks, sculptures and totem poles; Northern Woodlands people used birch bark, hides, shells and porcupine quills and elaborate beading to produce ornamental everyday objects, a tradition that continues through current Huron, Iroquois and Ojibway artisans.