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Canada Post to issue Chief Tecumseh stamp

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Chief Tecumseh will at last get his own postage stamp in time for the celebrations of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Canada Post confirmed Tuesday that the stamp - which is the first in Canada to depict the Shawnee chief - will be issued in May 2012, ahead of the bicentennial celebrations.

Tecumseh was a Native American leader of the Shawnee and a large tribal confederacy (known as Tecumseh's Confederacy) which opposed the United States during Tecumseh's War and the War of 1812. Tecumseh has become an icon and heroic figure in American Indian and Canadian history.

"There are very few images of Tecumseh. We're still working though the design," said Jim Phillips, director of stamp services at Canada Post.

A historical illustrator will recreate an image, making sure that the hairstyle, feathers, clothing and medallions are accurate, Phillips said. Experts from Heritage Canada, the Canadian War Museum, the Niagara region and the U.S. are also helping out with the design to make sure it is an accurate representation.

The coloured stamp will be paired with a stamp picturing British Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, who fought to protect Upper Canada from American encroachment.

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