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Paez (Cauca, Colombia)


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image by Dov Gutterman, 10 August 2008

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Páez is a municipality in the Cauca Department. The town of Belalcazar, is the main urban center of the Municipality. It was founded in 1905 by Valencia, Mosquera and Lemus.
The flag of Páez is horizontally divided green-yellow-red with white cross at the canton.
Information in Spanish:
"Franja superior de color verde: significa la riqueza natural del municipio, sus agrestes montañas, sus vegas productivas y la variedad de productos que posee. Tiene en su margen izquierda una cruz blanca que simboliza la llegada de los misioneros con la religión católica y el deseo ferviente de Paz.
Franja intermedia de color amarillo: significa la riqueza cultural de sus gentes, su pujante economía aún sin explotar y su futuro promisorio.
Franja inferior de color rojo: significa el ímpetu de sus etnias en defensa de su raza, sus costumbres y sus tierras.
La bandera está sostenida sobre una vara de mando que simboliza la autoridad de los cabildos."
Source: Municipal website, wikipedia
Dov Gutterman and Felipe Carillo, 10 August 2008

Translated from Municipal website:
"The upper, green stripe represents the natural resources of the municipality, its rustic mountains, its productive lowlands and the variety of its products. On its left part, a white cross symbolizes the arrival of misionaries bringing the Roman Catholic religion and the fervent aspiration to peace.
The middle, yellow stripe, represents the cultural resources of the villagers, their economical power and their promising future.
The lower, red stripe represents the impetus of its ethnies to defend their race, customs and lands.
The flag is hoisted to amace symbolizing the authority of the municipal councils."
Páez is a multiethnic municipality, inhabited by natives form the Páez ethny, Blacks and Metis, living in 15 native reservations and two villages. Several of these settlements were destroyed by an earthquake that claimed a lot of lives on 6 June 1994.
Ivan Sache, 17 August 2008

Coat of Arms

image from Municipal website