Archive for the '-indigenous & folk' Category

The Enchanted Owl / 魔法のふくろう

May 30, 2011


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 suprise.



Aboriginal art / アボリジニのアート

May 23, 2011


1947 Australia

The British Museum has an Australian season over this summer, featuring art, crafts and history.  One of the curators of the British Museum was talking about Aboriginal art on the radio tonight and that reminded me of this stamp.

Featuring indigenous people’s art in 1947 was in fact very early compared to other countries which were settled by immigrants.  15 years later than this stamp, in 1962, all the Aboriginal tribes in Australia finally had the right to vote.



tree house / 樹上の家

February 4, 2011

1966 Papua New Guinea

Jungles – people of the trees‘, a part of Human Planet series on BBC is fantastic.  The art of the tree house, up in the sky 35 meters high in Papua New Guinea, as well as the honey collector’s amazing tree climbing… it seems BBC iPlayer is not available outside the UK, but I am sure it will be on DVD in the near future, so I will announce.

These stamps were made when Papua New Guinea was a part of Australia.  You can see some similarity of their style to their masks and facial paintings in the program above.  It is our task to retain these variety of art of living to the future.

BBCの番組『Human Planet』シリーズはHNKの『人間は何を食べてきたか』に匹敵する素晴らしさです。iPlayerは英国内だけでしか観れませんが、すぐにDVD化されると思います。昨夜はその中の『Jungle – people of the trees 』が放映され、一本の縄だけで軽々と木に登る人、吹き矢で狩りをする人たち、地上35メートルの樹上に組まれた家など、パプアニューギニアの紹介が圧巻でした。


igloo / 氷の家

January 6, 2010


4 September 1986, Greenland

In Epping forest near London, snow has fallen about 20cm high today.  There were two boys bravry making an igloo on a golf course in the forest – but they did not have art to complete round roof, unfortunately.

This stamp shows ordinary life in cold Greenland, igloo making, hunting and sledge sliding, with clean and warm lines.