First US Stamp by Alaska Native Person Spotlights Tlingit Lore

The stamp, designed by Tlingit and Athabascan artist Rico Lanáat’ Worl, features the raven as a trickster-spirit within a field of gold stars, holding the sun in his beak.

The Tlingit nation (meaning“People of the Tides” in the Tlingit language) is indigenous to the US Pacific Northwest, and its art features some of the most iconic motifs associated with Native American cultural production. Cedar poles and canoes, as well as shamanic objects and adornments, are all known to feature carved and painted formline representations of important totem animals, including the raven, wolf, bear, eagle, and others.

Now, for the first time in recorded history, the US Postal Service has debuted a stamp designed by an Alaska Native person: Tlingit and Athabascan artist Rico Lanáat’ Worl. Worl is a well-established working artist with his own art and accessory brand, Trickster Company, as well as a teacher and social designer with Juneau-based Alaska Native arts nonprofit Sealaska Heritage Institute. 

By y Sarah Rose Sharp for Hyperallergic

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