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Post Office artwork depicts life of Plains Indians

Painting of American Indians on horseback
“Kiowas Moving Camp,” painted in 1936, is one of five artworks featured in the new Post Office Murals stamp release.

A mural in the Anadarko, OK, Post Office is one of five from across the nation to be featured in the new Post Office Murals stamp release.

“Kiowas Moving Camp” was painted in 1936 by Native American artist Stephen Mopope (1900-1974). The artwork is one of 16 in the historic Anadarko Post Office that depict the ceremonial and social life of the Plains American Indians.

The Anadarko Post Office, built in 1936 as part of a Depression-era building program, also housed the Kiowa Indian Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

During the 1930s and 1940s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration commissioned artwork in Post Offices throughout the United States to provide jobs to artists and to illustrate the history and culture of local communities.

The Post Office Murals pane features five paintings from this era. The stamps will be available April 10 at Post Offices and

This is the first article spotlighting the Post Office Murals stamp artwork. Additional articles highlight “Sugarloaf Mountain,” “Antelope,” “Mountains and Yucca” and “Air Mail.”

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