Last modified: 2002-09-28 by rick wyatt
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"Flags of Aspirant Peoples", distributed by the flag society of Australia and the Flag Research Center lists (#184) the flag of Kaniengehaga, the Mohawk Indian nation. This appears to be an upset down rendition of the wampum described in Vol XVI:4 of the Flag Bulletin of the Flag Research Center, and depicted on the cover thereof. That same issue portrays the Ganienkheh flag. While the various Indian nations of North America had no traditional use of flags and have not formally adopted any, this later flag was copyrighted in 1976 by Karoniakatajeh (Louis Hall), then secretary of the Ganienkheh (land of the flint) as the Mohawk nation refers to itself.
The flag is red with a 12 pointed gold star (elongated points) with an indian head facing the hoist. The face is brown and orange, hair and single feather black with highlights of light blue.
In addition to being copyrighted by the secretary of the tribal council, this has been accepted by the tribe insofar as that is the one that was printed for them and we sell to them. The difference being that the one that they buy has the head, feather and hair all in brown. This reduces the colors to three from five, lowering the cost of production.
William M. Grimes-Wyatt, 15 December 1995