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Mary and Child

Christmas, Aboriginal Art

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue November 4, 2002
Year 2002
Quantity 10,922,000
Perforation or Dimension 12.5 x 13
Series Christmas, Aboriginal Art
Series Time Span 2002
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $2.95
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.75
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Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found on the bottom of the ivory carving.


Booklet of 6 stamps - sealed

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Price: $7.50
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 32 mm x 38 mm (vertical)
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

Pane of 25 stamps

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Price: $31.25
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 32 mm x 38 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Churchill MB
Original Price: $3.38
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 32 mm x 38 mm (vertical)
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

About Stamp

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.

Irene Katak Angutitaq (1914-1971)
Irene Katak was born at Utkusikhalik (Back River), NT, and after marrying Athanasie Angutitaq in 1929, lived in Naujaat (Repulse Bay). The family lived in tents during the summer and in a snow house during the winter. Their son Peter Irniq (now the Commissioner of Nunavut) recalls an early life of dog teams and seal and caribou hunting. He would watch his mother carve figures of men, women and birds - figures that were always in action.

Father Bernie Franzen had noted that Irene was a "very innovative person" and he encouraged her to carve from soapstone, ivory and whale bone. He also encouraged her to create figurines of the Virgin Mary. Irene Katak Angutitaq's works can be found in the Museum of Civilization, Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Eskimo Museum and other galleries.

Mary and Child
The ivory carving rests on a soapstone base and measures 18.5 cm x 4.8 cm x 2.5 cm. It shows Mary, dressed in Inuit clothing, holding the baby Jesus.

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.


Designed by Keith Hamilton Designed by Bernice Alderson Based on a sculpture by Irene Kataq Angutitok Based on a photograph by Mike Macri

Original Artwork

Irene Kataq Angutitok, "Mary and Child", 1952 Eskimo Museum, Churchill, Manitoba

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Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2002, p. 22, 24-25.

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