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Interpretation of the Flag of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory:
Derived from the colours used in the wampum belts:
White: Emblem of something good, of peace and purity
Purple: Emblem of more important affairs of a civic nature.
The Eagle (A:kweks)
Because of his ability to see afar, the Peacemaker placed him at the top of the Great Tree of Peace. If he sees in the distance any evil approaching of any danger threatening, he will at once warn the Houdenosaunee, the People of the Confederacy
The Silver Chain
A covenant which represents the relationship between the Houdenosaunee, which the Mohawk Nation is a member, and the Europeans. This relationship was to be "pure, strong, and untarnished" as the silver of the chain. The tradition behind the silver chain is important as it recognizes a need for the continuous attention to "polish" the chain and keep it in a healthy condition. Together these symbolize the need for continuous dialog between the Mohawk Nation and other government to maintain the health of their relationship and to deal with current issues.
Symbolizes the Great Peace and the Great Law (Kayenerenhkowa) that was established by the Five Nations of the Houdenosaunee. It is provided thus: There are now the Five Nations League Chiefs standing with joined hands in a circle...be firm so that if a tree should fall upon your joined hands, it should not separate you or weaken your hold. So shall the strength of your union be preserved.
Source: Tyendinaga Mohawk website
researched by Phil Nelson, 12 August 1999