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History of the Blackfeet Flag

The Blackfeet Flag was born in 1980. The Blackfeet Media Department sponsored a contest for the design. A panel of judges consisting of artists, elders, and community members chose the design you see today.

Numerous entries were submitted however, Lawrence Tailfeathers and Pattijo W. ComesAtNight did the winning entry.

Welcome to Blackfeet Country bordering Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana; attractions are Museum of the Plains Indian and the Blackfeet Heritage Center.

Description: The design is black and white on blue sky. A multitude of single eagle feathers create a circle. Inside the circle is the current land base of the Blackfeet Nation. (This war bonnet was to be changed to the uniquely Blackfeet Straight up War Bonnet, however, Mr. Tailfeathers passed away before changing the drawing). To the left of the circle of feathers stands the traditional flag of our people, the Eagle Feather staff. (Pattijo did the drawing of this staff).

Colors and design represent the Earth, the cosmos, the elements, the plants and the animal as well as the people.

Circle: Represents the cycle of life, people are connected, always were, always will be, the circle never ends. The many feathers equate the many bands of the proud and numerous Blackfeet arranged in a circle, beginning in a clockwise direction, as life is. The sun rises in the East, circles to the West, the moon rises and sets in this circular motion, as is the cosmos. Blackfeet people pitch the lodges with the doors to the East, knowing that we start life with the circle in mind, it is perpetual.
Feathers: Represent the majestic and mysticism of the Eagle. Eagle feathers represent long life, energy, power, accomplishment or coup. The way the eagle feathers are arranged on the side traditional staff represent the buffalo boss ribs. Buffalo is the staff of life to the Blackfeet.

 

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