Saturday, November 6, 2021

USPS Stamp Celebrates Native American Culture


Merging traditional artwork with modern design touches, this stamp depicts one of many stories about Raven, a figure of great significance to the Indigenous people of the northern Northwest Coast, part of the area that ranges from Southeast Alaska through coastal British Columbia and south into Washington state. Among the cultures of the region, the raven plays an essential role in many traditional tales, including stories about the creation of the world. The stamp is inspired by the traditional story of the raven setting the sun, moon and stars free. 

The stamp was created by Tlingit/Athabascan artist Rico Worl. The stamp design depicts a raven just as he escapes from his human family and begins to transform back into his bird form. To create the stamp art, Worl used formline, the traditional design style of the Indigenous people of the northern Northwest Coast. The art director is Antonio Alcalá.


1. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

2. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.

3, What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?

4. Name one state that borders Canada.

5. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

6. Why does the flag have 50 stars?*

  • Citizenship Resources for Native American Heritage Month post
  • VOANews: Postal Stamp Artist: What it Takes to Create One Stamp video

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