Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is featured on one of five new stamps issued this month by Canada Post.
The stamps celebrate Canadian UNESCO World Heritage sites including Head-Smashed-In, Old Town Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; SGang Gwaay, B.C.; the Rideau Canal in Ontario; and the landscape of Grand Pré, Nova Scotia.
“Canadians have expressed an overwhelming request for more stamps featuring Canadian landscapes that can be sent outside of Canada and we are happy to oblige,” said Jim Phillips, director of stamp services at Canada Post.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, about 18 km northwest of Fort Macleod, is one of the world’s oldest and best preserved buffalo jumps.
For 6,000 years, aboriginal plains people used the site for hunting bison by driving the herds over the cliffs and butchering the animals on the flats.
In 1981, the buffalo jump was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“These sites are deemed sufficiently valuable by international authorities to be protected,” Phillips said. “They are national treasures to be celebrated on stamps.”
There are 17 World Heritage sites located in Canada and another seven sites on Canada’s tentative list.
The 17 Canadian sites are a collection of national and provincial parks and historic settings considered by the World Heritage Committee to be of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity.
The outstanding beauty and striking perspectives of these Canadian landscapes called for a minimalist design in which the saturated images come forth and brilliantly shine.
The shape of the visual frame — with one corner rounded — adds a dynamic touch to the composition.
A splash of red in the flag at the bottom fades behind the word Canada and provides a vivid contrast of colour to the richness of the imagery.
The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump image illustrates hunting techniques of plains people over thousands of years.
The Old Town Lunenburg stamp showcases distinctive 18th and 19th century European-influenced architecture. And it is the home of the famous ship, the Bluenose II.
The Grand Pré landscape stamp demonstrates 17th century farming techniques. It is also a place of reflection and remembrance of the Acadian deportation.
The site of SGang Gwaay commemorates 10,000 years of connection between land, sea and Haida culture. It includes remains of 19th century houses and memorial and mortuary poles.
The Rideau Canal stamp honours the oldest continuously operated canal in North America which opened in 1832. The Rideau Canal is one of the first canals designed specifically for steam-powered vessels.
The three U.S.-rate stamps, Old Town Lunenburg, The Landscape of Grand Pré and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, as well as the two International-rate stamps, SGang Gwaay and The Rideau Canal, are available in booklets of six.
The stamps are pressure sensitive.
The Official First Day Cover will be cancelled in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
The new stamps are available at post offices across the country, and at www.canadapost.ca.