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Catalog Number 1938.001.1
Type of Object Flag
Collection American Decorative Arts Collection
Description Oklahoma state flag, ca. 1925-1930
Louise Funk Flunke

Flunke's design was the winning entry to a Daughters of the American Revolution flag contest; it was adopted as the state flag on April 2, 1925. In the artist's words, "The blue of the shield signifies devotion - the shield defensive or protective warfare, but always surmounted by and subservient to the olive branch and calumet which betoken the love the peace on the part of a untied people." GFWC's only Native American president, Roberta Campbell Lawson of Oklahoma, served from 1935 to 1938.



Notes Detailed description: A sky blue field with a circular rawhide shield of an American Indian warrior, decorated with six painted crosses on the face thereof, the lower half of the shield to be superinduced upon the face of the shield and calmut or peace pipe crossed at right angles by an olive branch. In the artist's words, "The blue of the shield signifies devotion - the shield defensive or protective warfare, but always surmounted by and subservient to the olive branch and calumet which betoken the love the peace on the part of a untied people. The six crosses are said to be the Indian symbol of stars and appear on the original shield that is to be seen in the rooms of the Oklahoma Historical Society in the State capitol."
People Flunke, Louise Funk
Source (OK) State Federation
Year Range from 1925.0
Year Range to 1930.0
Search Terms Oklahoma
(OK) State Federation