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Puyo (Pasteza, Ecuador)

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image by Ivan Sache, 8 March 2008

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The town of Puyo (24,432 inhabitants in 2001), located on river Puyo, is the capital of the Canton of Pastaza and of the Province of Pastaza, Eastern Ecuador.
While the Province and the Canton of Pastaza have a flag, the town of Puyo, until recently, had no flag.
The newspaper "Los Andes" reports on 6 March 2008 that Puyo has now an official flag and a coat of arms. The symbols, designed by Iván Espín, were selected in a public contest. The Municipal Decree prescribing the symbols made slight modifications to the original designs, especially of the coat of arms, with the designer's consent.
The flag, as shown in a colour drawing in "Los Andes", is horizontally divided green-blue-yellow, with an unequal (narrow along the hoist and wider along the fly) wavy white fimbriation. The municipal coat of arms is placed in the upper fly.
According to the Municipal Decree, the flag of Puyo has four colours, green, white, blue and yellow. Green represents the Amazonian exuberant vegetation; white represents the incomparable fog covering the municipality; blue, as a wavy stripe, the river that waters the town; and yellow, the richness of the soil.
The coat of arms is surrounded by a green (inner) and yellow (outer) border and divided in four equal quarters. The elements shown in the quarters are designed in a picturesque, non heraldic manner. The upper left quarter shows the town cathedral, as the symbol of the educative and misionary labour of the Dominican fathers. The upper right quarter shows the majestuous river Puyo, with in the foreground a still life representing the produced wealth. The lower left quarter shows clay bowls ("mocawas") recalling the indigenous people who has been living in Puyo until now. The lower right quarter shows books, an ink bottle and a quill pen, symbolizing education, a main tool of   development of the town. A harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) surmonts the shield as emblematic of the Amazonian fauna and venerated by several local ethnies. Two heliconia (Heliconia sp.) panicles, representing the endemic flora of Puyo, flank the shield; the name of the town is written in white capital letters below the shield.
The image is based on images available on the "Los Andes" website, keeping the 4:5 ratio from the source image.
Ivan Sache, 8 March 2008