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Flags of the Cheyenne Nation


The flag of the Northern Cheyenne is very simple in appearance.  The symbol you see represented at the center is that of the morning star, which was the emblem of Chief Morning Star, better known as Dull Knife, the Cheyenne chief who led his people to their new home after they had been defeated in the War of the Plains. The morning star glyph was also used during the Sun Dance, when the warriors would paint it on heir chests for the ceremony.  The ancient version of this flag wasn't blue in color, but a deep reddish brown, with the morning star glyph painted in black.


The Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho flag shows an outline of Oklahoma, and a lance adorned with fourteen eagle feathers representing the original members of the tribal council.  Crossing the spear are two other symbols, the arrow for war, which is facing down, meaning the two tribes are at peace, and a calumet, or peace pipe.  At the center of the flag is the seal of the two tribes, which features a tipi surrounded by three white crosses.  The border of the seal features fourteen stars, again representing the original tribal council members, and the eight white stars across the top of the map outline represent the new tribal council members. 



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