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(folkstreamsAt age 71, Chief Thunder lives in the Nevada desert with his young wife and small children in The Monument, a concrete and stone house he built and decorated with powerful forms and arches. His overwhelming sculptures, “spirits of the living,” portray Indian heroes, family, and friends. He created the monument when a voice spoke in a dream, “You are the Big Eagle and the Big Eagle shall return to his nest.” His artistry is the testament of a great American folk artist.The film captures the tragedy of his life, his painful isolation, the beauty of his work, and his creative process. Its highlight is a remarkable sequence in which Chief Thunder sculpts a complete piece on camera. Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder was honored as “The Artist of the Year” by the state of Nevada in 1983.

Film by Allie Light, Irving Saraf
Produced by Allie Light and Irving Saraf
Cinematographer: Philip Greene, Irving Saraf, Robert Shoup, John Winet
Sound: Sound Recordists: Ann Evans, Sara Chin. Sound Mix: Mark Berger
Editing: Allie Light and Irving Saraf
Copyright: Copyright 1983 Allie Light and Irving Saraf
28 minutes, Color
Original format: 16mm, 1983

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(raforum.info) Philately: Anarchism and Stamps

There is a long anarchist tradition of stamp collecting. In most cases, receiving non obliterated stamps paid for the expenses. But often some comrade would start a collection and sell it to philatelists for the benefit of the movement.

Though many anarchists reached an international fame, it was very rarely that states would picture them, and whenever it was the case their philosophy was never mentioned.

Nevertheless, there are a few anarchists represented in stamps, the most frequent one probably being count Tolstoy, the author of War and Peace. The Spanish Civil War also occasioned a set of anarchist stamps, which were used for purposes of propaganda. There were also false stamps, for instance of Nestor Makhno.

The anarchist stamps that were printed in Spain during the 1936 Civil War are very rare and today very valuable. After Franco’s victory, people who kept them risked their lives.

Some of those who created those anarchist stamps and posters are relatively famous. Carles Fontseré (1916 – 4 of January of 2007) worked for the Spanish FAI, the CNT and the POUM. He worked with Salvador Dalí and Cantinflas and later was in Hollywood,

There has also been some exercise in imagination. New Zealand anarchist Bruce Grenville was the mastermind in the 1970s behind an extraordinary hoax involving the creation of an imaginary state: Occussi-Ambeno. See the stamps of Occussi Ambeno

Philately: Anarchism and Stamps, What’s new: 15 January 2007. [Online].
http://raforum.info/spip.php?article316

Earlier post in this topic: https://temporaryartist.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/anarchist-pix/