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image by Ivan Sache, 12 July 2020
The municipality of Butiá (21,220 inhabitants in 2016; 75,219 ha) is located
80 km of Porto Alegre.
Butiá was named for a butiá (pindo palm, _Butia odorata_ (Berb. Rodr.) Noblick) growing on the Matinzhino hill, close to the farm owned by Luiza Severina de Souza, and, subsequently by Manoel Machado de Lima. Standing alone and visible from a distance, the tree was used as a landmark.
Butiá was elevated to the 4th district of São Jerônimo by Municipal Law No. 38 promulgated on 17 November 1960. The municipality of Minas de Butiá was established by State Law No. 4,574 promulgated on 9 October 1963, and inaugurated on 28 February 1964, to be renamed to Butiá by State Law No. 4,495 promulgated on 17 May 1965. The district of Minas de Leão obtained municipal emancipation on 20 March 1992, incorporating much of the district of Cerro do Roque.
Ivan Sache, 12 July 2020
The flag and arms of Butiá are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 449
promulgated on 14 January 1980.
The municipal coat of arms shall have the following description:
Portuguese shield; in chief, black on a white field, the entrance of a coal mine, stylized like a miner's helmet, symbolizing the municipality's main source of income; in center, vert (green), fields and forests representing agriculture, cattle-breeding and ecological reserves; on a background vert, in white, two parallel lines representing railways heading from the mine's entrance a black wagon laden with coal or; in base the wagon superimposed to a white factory, symbolizing again the municipality's main source of income and its significance for industrial development. Beneath the shield, supporting it, two butiá bunches, the fruit of a palm tree species originating in the municipality's name. The shield surmounted by the writing "9.10 Butiá 1963", indicating the date of political emancipation of the municipality.
The flag of the municipality of Butiá has for official colors yellow, black, white and green; composed of three horizontal stripes, the yellow stripe on top, the green on bottom, and, in the center, a stripe divided in point, black and white, the white part charged with a chimney entering the yellow stripe, representing:
I. Yellow, the resources of the soil of Butiá;
II. Green, the hope in the future of the municipality and its inhabitants;
III. Black and white, the joint couple coal-industry, main factors of development and social peace.
The flag shall have the following characteristics:
I. The flag's width shall be 12 units.
II. The flag's length shall be 18 units.
III. The width of the horizontal stripes shall be four units each.
IV. On the central stripe, superimposed to the black part, in white, the representation of a factory, starting from the upper part of five units of the inner vertical end, forming a cover composed of five equal points, in oblique line, stretching over 3.6 units to reach the upper border in 7 units and, for this point, running down to the lower border, in vertical line, up to the upper part in five units. Starting from 4.9 units emerges a chimney, reaching 10 units, in base 0.9 units.
Leis Municipais database
image located by Ivan Sache, 12 July 2020
Municipal Councillors Joel Maraschin (PMDB) and Maurício de Souza Pereira (PDT) tabled on 19 May 2017 Bill No. 3,596 to modify the law on the symbols of Butiá.
Article 4 of Law No. 449 shall be modified, suppressing the white color from the flag and the chimney-shaped figure that enters the yellow stripe.
Article 4. The flag of the municipality of Butiá has for official colors yellow, black and green; composed of three horizontal stripes, the yellow stripe on top, the green on bottom, and, in the center, the black stripe.
Item III of Article 4 of Law No. 449 shall be modified as follows;
III. Black symbolizes mineral coal, the black gold that has been supporting development and supplying income to the region for decades, being one of the main sources of income for the municipality.
Item IV of Article 5 shall be modified as follows:
IV. In the center of the flag shall be included a white circumference with proportional dimensions, with an outer green border and an inner yellow border, charged with the municipal coat of arms of Butiá.
The Bill aimed at modernizing he municipal flag and fulfill an old claim of the inhabitants, having the name of the town included on the flag, in order to facilitate its identification and increase the visibility of the municipality's name in local and remote events, like sports events, exchanges, traditionalist activities, community movements, schools etc.
The factory-shaped white stripe shall be removed from the flag, keeping the three yellow, green and black stripes, while the municipal coat of arms shall be included, as it is the case for most Brazilian municipalities. The factory-shaped white stripe is featured on the coat of arms, and the town's name and date of emancipation will be directly visible, facilitating the identification of the represented municipality.
Joel Maraschin website, 22 May 2017
Ivan Sache, 12 July 2020