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U.S. Postal Service American Indian Stamps

By James Wray Jul 27, 2004, 23:26 GMT

Captivating expressions of Native American art will be commemorated August 21 in Santa Fe, NM, when the U.S. Postal Service issues ten, 37-cent Art of the American Indian commemorative postage stamps and a booklet of twenty, 23-cent stamped postal cards depicting the beauty, richness and diversity of talent by artists from several Native American tribes.

The first-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. (Mountain Time) on the Plaza Stage during the Santa Fe Indian Market. This annual event, sponsored by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), draws some 1,200 Indian artists who market their creations to 100,000 visitors (http://swaia.org/).

"These stamps represent a small sampling of the diverse ways that Native Americans created objects used in their everyday lives that were also extraordinary expressions of beauty," said Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President Anita Bizzotto, who is scheduled to dedicate the stamps.

Joining Bizzotto in dedicating the stamps will be SWAIA Executive Director Jai Lakshman. "The Santa Fe Indian Market is greatly honored to provide the host-setting for the release of these stamps," he said. "The pieces featured remind all Americans of the extraordinary vision and talent of the American Indian artists who have paved the way for Native artists who continue to share their gifts of creativity today."

Creative expression continues to flourish among American Indian artists today. Some still create traditional forms; others are expanding their artistic endeavors in new directions in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video and performance art.

The pane of ten jumbo, self-adhesive stamps features photographs of ten American Indian artifacts dating from around the 11th century A.D. to circa 1969. John Stevens, a calligrapher in Winston-Salem, NC, designed and created the lettering in the title. Descriptive text on the back of the stamps includes an overview and specific information about each of the ten objects. Many of these objects continue to be created by Native American artists today.

Ordering and further details on the Post Offices' site.



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