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Pitseolak, circa 1904-1983, Inuit Artist

Canadian Women

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue March 8, 1993
Year 1993
Quantity 3,600,000
Denomination
43¢
Perforation or Dimension 12.5
Series Canadian Women
Series Time Span 1993
Printer Ashton-Potter Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $0.90
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.40
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About Stamp

Two centennials are being celebrated in 1993: the founding of the National Office of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), and of the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC). It is also the 50th anniversary of the first federally appointed woman judge in Canada. Honouring these events, four stamps are being issued depicting outstanding Canadian women. One of Canada's best known Inuit graphic artists, Pitseolak's early years were spent in the traditional Inuit lifestyle of travelling from camp to camp. In 1922 she married Ashoona, but following his death, life became extremely difficult. In the 1950's James Houston became the first civil administrator at Cape Dorset. He encouraged the Inuit to carve, sew and draw as an alternate livehood. Pitseolak began with socks and parkas which he sold for her. Then he gave her pens, pencils and paper to draw. The concept of expressing herself on paper intrigued her. At Cape Dorset she produced thousands of drawings depicting monsters and spirits, early Inuit life and other sentiments close to her heart. Her work can be found in public and private collections around the world. Three of her sons are gifted stone carvers and her daughter, Napadive Poottoogook, is a well-known graphic artist.

Creators

Designed by Heather J. Cooper.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 9, 1993, p. 13, 15-16.

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