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The municipality of Matelāndia (17,775 inhabitants in 2018; 63,975 ha) is
located 560 km west of Curitiba.
The flag and arms of Matelāndia are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 1,021 promulgated on 11 November 1996.
The municipal flag shall be rectangular, green (vert), yellow (gold) and red (gules), in proportions 14 units in hoist width on 20 units in length, comprising of:
I - Three equal fields (rectangular) in the horizontal direction.
II - At the center a white circle where the municipal coat of arms is applied.
The symbology of the municipal flag obeys the following general rule.
I - The upper, green (vert) rectangle symbolizes hope, the freedom of nature, the beautiful meadows, the rich agriculture and forests of the National Park.
II - The central, yellow (or) rectangle) is the symbol of nobleness, magnitude and wealth.
III - The lower, red rectangle symbolizes energy, strength, courage and triumph.
IV - The white circle symbolizes the peace, serenity, religious spirit and greatness of Matelāndia's people. It represents the town as the seat of the municipality.
V - In the center of the white circle, the municipal coat of arms represents the municipal government.
The municipal coat of arms has the following symbolic interpretation:
I - The classic Flemish-Iberian coat of arms used to represent the municipal arms has its origins in Germany and was introduced in the Iberian Peninsula during the struggles against the Moors. It now appears in Portugal armorials, notably in domains' heraldry. Inherited in Brazilian heraldry, it evokes the colonizing race and the main builder of the nation.
II - The mural crown that surmounts the shield is the universal symbol of domains' arms; argent (silver) with eight towers, only four of them visible in perspective view, it classifies a 3rd rank town, that is, the seat of a municipality. The red (gules) lighting, due to the heraldic meaning of the color, is consistent with the attributes of pioneers, pathfinders and community leaders.
III - The first quarter features along the horizon forests and the initiation of coffee plantations by pioneers and explorers, a plow, a manual tool still being widely used in agriculture, and branches of yerba mate, one of the pioneer and modern sources of income in the municipality.
IV - The left quarter features a book, an inkpot and a pen, and a terrestrial globe, symbolizing education and culture in the municipality of Matelāndia;
V - At the center of the shield is an escutcheon featuring the map of the municipality of Matelāndia.
VI - The lower left quarter features a tractor driven by a farmer, in the background rich agricultural areas and plantations, and the sun that illuminate with its rays all the parts of the territory of Matelāndia.
VII - The lower right quarter features an ox, a horse, a pig and birds, symbolizing livestock in the municipality.
VIII - The irregular triangle features a winged helmet that heraldically symbolizes the rich commerce of the municipality of Matelāndia.
IX - The shield is supported by plants of soybean, maize, wheat and beans, fructed proper, recalling the main products from the generous and fertile soil, mainstay of the municipal economy.
X - The gears symbolize the municipality's industries.
XI - The blue (azure) scroll is inscribed with the words "PEACE, WORK AND PROGRESS", words that enrich and ennoble the people of Matelāndia.
XII - The red (gules) scroll is inscribed with "MATELĀNDIA, 25.07.60, 28.11.60", being the date, day, month and year of creation of the municipality, and the date of political and administrative emancipation of Matelāndia, respectively.
a) The red scroll symbolizes dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance.
b) Argent (silver) is the symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious spirit.
c) Yellow (or / gold) is the symbol of glory, splendor, greatness, wealth and sovereignty.
d) Black (sable) symbolizes prudence, moderation, austerity and firmness of character.
e) Blue (azure) symbolizes nobleness, justice, perseverance, zeal, loyalty, recreation and beauty.
f) Green (vert) symbolizes faith, hope, freedom and the strength of the nobleness.
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The original coat of arms, undoubtedly designed by Reynaldo Valascki, was subsequently replaced by another one, used on the present-day's flag.
Ivan Sache, 5 February 2022