REGION: Oceania
COUNTRY: Micronesia, Fed. States of
VALUE: 1 dollar

This stamp, issued in 2015 by the Federated States of Micronesia, depicts a tapuanu mask danced by the Soutapuana Secret Society of the Nomoi Islands during ceremonies to protect the village and its breadfruit trees from natural disasters. The tapuanu represents a protective ancestor spirit that can also frighten away ghosts that steal food.