The hidden date for this stamp can be found in the bottom-right corner.
Canada Post celebrates the season with a special set of three Christmas stamps displaying the works of three Canadian aboriginal artists. Featured are Genesis by Daphne Odjig on the domestic rate ($0.48) stamp; Winter Travel by Cecil Youngfox on the U.S. rate ($0.65) stamp; and Mary and Child by Irene Katak Angutitaq on the international rate ($1.25) stamp. The domestic rate stamp is available in a booklet of 10 or a pane of 25, and the U.S. and international rate stamps are available separately in booklets of six or panes of 25.
Cecil Youngfox (1942-1987)
Cecil Youngfox was born in Blind River, ON to Ojibwa and Metis parents. He attended Newman Theological College in Edmonton, AB, and after he was able to support himself with his art, opened a studio in Toronto. Youngfox frequently returned to Northern Ontario to speak to young students and encourage them in their efforts.
Whetung Ojibwa Crafts and Art Gallery says that Youngfox's paintings "speak of his Metis heritage and his Christian upbringing," and that his works "often recall ceremonies and symbols of spirit and spirituality." Youngfox is renowned for his vivid images of native cultural traditions, and had become one of Canada's leading Native artists by the time of his death.
When research was conducted on the possibility of using one of Youngfox's paintings on a Christmas stamp, Canadian Artprints of Richmond, BC advised Canada Post that among Youngfox's papers were two 'roughs' he had made for postage stamps. One was named A Canoe Thanksgiving, the other Winter Travel. Both bore $0.30 denominations, the first-class rate for 1982. The highly stylized Winter Travel shows human figures alongside a reindeer.
A Warm Design
Signals Design Group Inc. of Vancouver created this three-stamp set. Design principal Kosta (Gus) Tsetsekas says that the primary objective was to create a design that would lend visual support to the artwork but let the paintings and sculpture feature prominently. This objective was met by using complementary colours, unobtrusive typography, and a background style that simultaneously reflects the coolness of winter and the warmth of the holidays.
Keith Hamilton and Bernice Alderson were the designers of the Aboriginal Art Christmas stamp set, which features Mike Macri's photograph of the Mary and Child carving.