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image by Valentin Poposki, 23 July 2019
map image by Peter Orenski based on input from Don Healy
Poarch Band of Creek - Alabama
Living in southern Alabama, the Poarch Creek Indians number over 2,000.
© Donald Healy 2008
Their flag was created in a collaborative effort between John Kemp, Buford Rolin, Katherine Sells, and Creek Chairman Eddie L. Tullis, and may well be the only tribal flag with a Registered Trademark(®) symbol on it.
In the poem "Tribal Symbol", tribal member Larry Jackson describes the flag:
Red stands for the red sticks a fighting manThe Tribe's seal appears on the medium green background of the flag. The seal consists of a black-edged white cross with pointed ends pointing in the four cardinal directions. The Poarch Creek call the bars of this cross logs". A yellow ring, edged in black, overlays the cross. In the ring curve "POARCH" above and INDIANS" below, separated by small red circles. Within the ring, on the center of the horizontal "log", is "CREEK". The lettering is red, in a red typeface trade-named "Southern". A small black ® appears to the right of the lower end of the vertical "log".
He would fight to the death for his land
The white in the feather meant a friendly clan
They lived near the rivers and played in the sand
The circle of gold stands for the place we live
With lovely sunset
And the land has so much to give
Green is for the color of the corn and the trees
Corn for life and trees for seed
Direction of travel is shown by the logs
No matter which you take
It must come from the heart
The line of red is blood in the vein,
Throughout all the nations, all is not the same
The feathers are the nations, nations of two
Lifestyles are different but the words are true
Poarch Creek Indians (federal recognition date: 11.08.1984), formerly Creek Nation East
of Mississippi (unrecognized), than change of name into Poarch Band of Creek
Indians of Alabama, today Poarch Creek Indians.
Valentin Poposki, 23 July 2019
image by Valentin Poposki, 10 January 2020
Here is a special flag, made for the Sovereignty Celebration in 2015.
Valentin Poposki, 10 January 2020