Rico Lanáat’ Worl, a Tlingit/Athabascan artist from Juneau, was sought out by the U.S. Postal Service in 2020 to create a Northwest Coast art stamp.
The Forever® stamp — Raven Story — is inspired by Raven, a culturally significant figure in Indigenous Northwest Coast legends about the creation of the world. The stamp depicts Raven transforming from human to bird form after escaping from his human family. In the traditional story, Raven sets the sun, moon and stars free.
The “Raven Story” stamp became available online for public purchase on July 30. The stamp is the first one ever illustrated by a Tlingit/Athabascan artist.