The Enchanted Owl


27 January 1970, Canada
Centennial of the Northwest Territories
design: Norman E. Hallendy & Sharon Van Raalte
based on a stone-cut print by Kenojuak Ashevak

Since last autumn I have not heard the sound of an Owl at all, until tonight.  I am really pleased to hear it!

This beautiful Owl stamp is based on an Inuit artist‘s work from 1960, named ‘The Enchanted Owl’.  How magical the Owl was in their tradition – I would like to find out.  In Canada, the indigenous people’s full political rights were entitled in 1960 – two years earlier than the Australian Aborigine – just 51 years ago.  That is a surprise.



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