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Peoria Nation of Oklahoma (U.S.)

Native American

Last modified: 2006-03-04 by rick wyatt
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[flag of Peoria Nation, Oklahoma] image by António Martins, 17 June 2004

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Description of the flag

It consists of a white background with a typical North American Native emblem with hanging feathers, this one red with a white arrowhead and four arrows crossed in "#" on it: blue and green pointing to the top hoist, and blue an red to the top fly. The red arrow has a narrow white fimbriation for contrast.

The logo shown on the Peoria pages of shows the upper flywards arrow in light green, while the flag photo has it blue. I chose to make it light blue -- it will be easy to change whenever we have better info.

I'm not also sure about the size of the emblem and ratio of the flag.

António Martins, 17 June 2004

According to Healy (1997) the arrowhead is in natural colors when used on the seal and the four arrows stand for the four groups comprising the modern Peoria Nation, as well as also carrying other symbolic meaning- turquoise for the Piankashaws and native soil; red for the original Peorias and the sun; blue for the Weas and the waters; green for the Kaskaskias and the grass & trees. "The colors act as a reminder that the soil, sun, waters and plants are gifts of the Great Spirit and not to be taken for granted . The arrows promise future generations that the spirit of a united Peoria people cannot be broken and that its heritage and customs will never be forgotten."

The five feathers stand for the 5 elected members of the Tribal Business Committee. The article says the emblem was designed by Alice Giles Burgess and approved by the above committee on 29 Jan 1983 (but doesn't say whether it was approved as a flag at that time, or solely as an emblem).

Ned Smith, 17 June 2004