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.
Inspired by the traditional story of Raven setting free the sun, the moon, and the stars, Tlingit/Athabascan artist Rico Worl depicts Raven just as he escapes from his human family and begins to transform back into his bird form.
Among the cultures of the region—which include the Tlingit, the Tsimshian, the Haida, the Kwakwaka’wakw, and others—the raven plays an essential role in many traditional tales, including stories about the creation of the world. The different peoples of the northern Northwest Coast each have their own culturally specific versions of the raven story, which often convey customs, ethics, and cultural inheritances that help communities preserve or affirm their identities.
Antonio Alcalá served as art director for this stamp.
The Raven Story stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
Made in the USA
SKUs featured on this page: 478004
Raven Story Stamp
First-Class Mail Forever
Type of Issue:
Pane of 20 (1 design)
Issue Date & City:
July 30, 2021, Juneau, AK 99801
Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Rico Worl, Juneau, AK
Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn
Flexographic, Foil Stamping, Microprint
Banknote Corporation of America
Stamps per Pane:
Phosphor, Block Tag
Black, Grey PMS 429, Kurz Luxor 220 Gold
Image Area (w x h):
1.42 x 0.84 in. / 36.068 x 21.336 mm
Overall Size (w x h):
1.56 x 0.98 in. / 39.624 x 24.892 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h):
7.24 x 6.23 in. / 183.896 x 158.242 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h):
12.71 x 21.71 in. / 322.834 X 551.4334 mm
120 stamps per revolution
“B” followed by two (2) single digits in bottom two corners
Header: Raven Story • Plate number in bottom two corners
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