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Kateri Tekakwitha, 1656-1680

Canadian Religious Personalities

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue April 24, 1981
Year 1981
Quantity 11,825,000
Perforation or Dimension 12.5
Series Canadian Religious Personalities
Series Time Span 1981
Printer Ashton-Potter Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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About Stamp

Kateri Tekakwitha, the "Lily of the Mohawks", was born in 1656 in what is now New York State. Her uncle adopted her at age four when smallpox killed her Mohawk father and Christian Algonquian mother. A Jesuit baptised Kateri Tekakwitha at her own request in 1676. This greatly displeased many of the local Indians, especially since she had already refused to marry. As a result she fled to the St. Francis Xavier mission near Montreal, where she lived virtuously until her death in 1680 at the age of twenty-four. She was declared venerable in 1943 and beatified in 1980, thus becoming the first North American Indian to receive either honour These stamps designs are based on statues of the subjects, by sculptor Emile Brunet. Mère Marie's statue stands in the courtyard of the Ursuline Convent in Quebec; whereas that of Kateri Tekakwitha is to be found in the shrine at Caughnawaga. The stamp designer, Laurent Marquart of Montreal, has used high-contrastphotos of work in appropriate colours and combined with identifying graphic elements for the stamp: the turtle, symbol of Kateri's clan.


Designed by Laurent Marquart Based on a sculpture by Jean-Émile Brunet

Original Artwork

Jean-Émile Brunet, "Kateri Tekakwitha", 1975 Kahnawake, Quebec

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