USPS unveils stamp created by indigenous artist in Alaska
UPDATED 1:10 PM PT – Sunday, August 1, 2021
The U.S. Postal Service rolled out a new stamp designed by an indigenous artist from Alaska. On Friday, artist Rico Worl’s Raven Story Stamp was unveiled in a ceremony in Juneau.
The stamp, which has been the first created by a Tlingit artist, commemorated a popular story among tribes of the Northwest Coast. The Tlinglit Tribe has resided in Alaska for thousands of years, with around 17,000 present day members in the state.
Worl mentioned he believed a lot of people have learned the amount of richness in authentic work from indigenous people and their stories.
“The first thing I decided was to depict the story of Raven and the box of daylight. It’s sort of like one of the stories that’s frequently told to people that are new to learning about the culture,” he explained. “I think it’s a good one that has a lot of like kind of basic information about the culture, who we are, and sort of like our epistemology.”
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Meanwhile, the USPS is working on producing 18 million Raven Story stamps.