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Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma (U.S.)

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Last modified: 2006-07-22 by rick wyatt
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[flag of Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma] image by António Martins, 21 November 2002

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Description of the flag

At there was enough material to make the above image, the flag of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. The seal on the flag (red background) is a white circle, rimmed black, with an outline of a springing black cougar above a white swan, separated by a horizontal spear, all in black and white; four feathers hanging from the bottom edge of the circle. Seal on a red background is not unusual among U.S. native flags, and the seal itself uses a recurrent motif, the hanging feather ornament.
António Martins, 21 November 2002

According to Healy (1997) [p. 51-52], that is a specific subspecies of cougar - the Florida panther. It is to represent the great Shawnee leader Tecumseh, whose name means Panther. It also represents the attributes of ingenuity and ferocity. The bird is a swan, representing the attributes of tranquility, peace, and beauty.
Ned Smith, 9 March 2003