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image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 October 2006
The National Creole Flag design was created by Lisa LaCour Bellow to represent the Creole culture nationwide (representative of all Creoles across the nation). The image is a teal color printed on a white background.
Valentin Poposki, 6 October 2006
Since us_creo is specifically the flag of Louisiana Creoles, I think that the use of "national" here means that it is intended for use by Creole descendants who reside elsewhere in the United States. The map of Louisiana on the flag would thus be meant to represent their ancestral home.
Ned Smith, 10 October 2006
image by Augustine Comeaux, 5 July 2005
Our French Creole organization has a New National Heritage flag. The flag with the Oak tree will be the Creole Flag which was changed due to the "International nature of The Creole people".
The colors are as follows:
The white bar in the middle represents our European heritage
The red bar represents our Indian heritage
The black Bar represents our African heritage
The light brown and the dark brown backgrounds represents our racial colors
Last but not least, the oak tree in the middle represents our Strength and Integrity
The flag has been adopted by several Louisiana and Los Angeles-based Creole Organizations who have used it as their National Banner for the International French Creole Cultural Society, the International Organization of Creole People, and the Society for the Preservation of Creole Culture.
The flag was created by the staff here at frenchcreoles.com, a Creole website created by Creoles for Creoles for for the purpose of bringing Creole people closer to their roots and national heritage.
Augustine Comeaux, 5 July 2005
It is possible to confuse "Creole" with "Cajun" in Louisiana, but they are not the same.
The Creole culture is the original culture of the area, especially around the New Orleans-Baton Rouge stretch of the river, a fusion (both cultural and biological) of the French, Spanish, and African people who founded the area.
"Cajun", a corruption of the word "Acadian", refers to the French-speakers booted out of Acadia (Nova Scotia) who found their way to Louisiana much later. They settled in the southwest part of the state, around Lafayette, New Iberia, and Lake Charles.
Both groups are predominantly Catholic and French-influenced, which causes the confusion, and of course have intermarried some in the years since the Cajuns' arrival, but they are quite distinct linguistically and in music and cuisine. Also vexillologically; the Cajuns display the Cajun flag -- it may be possible to see even the Canadian version Canadian version, as ties have been reestablished, though I have not visited the area in some years.
Al Kirsch, 8 October 2006