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by Luc-Vartan Baronian
This gif was made from a picture of one of the flags from the tremendous
collection of Donald Gauthier, (still) unknown vexillograph and vexillologist.
The research was also entirely done by Donald, I have no credit for this
For additional material on Madawaska (Maine, Quebec and New Brunswick), I refer you all to the on-line New England Journal of Vexillology with an excellent article by our very own Dave Martucci (see FOTW for link) and to my Acadian page in French or English.
The flag was made for the opening of the bicentannial (1785-1985) of Madawaska, adopted by the Council of Saint-Basile (New Brunswick) and approved by the Société historique du Madawaska. This name of Micmac origin is formed with Madawas (porcupine) and Kak (place), so the country of the porcupine, the emblem of Madawaska. The field is white : for peace, joy and friendship. In the canton, a fleur de lys that reminds the origins of New France (Acadie). In the center, a porcupine recalls the oldest origins of Madawaska, to perpetuate the memory of the Amerindians who welcomed in 1785 the founders of Madawaska. All around the porcupine, 18 stars representing the municipalities of the region or county of Madawaska (New Brunswick).
Luc-Vartan Baronian - 2 February 1998