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Ships to fly the Mohawk Nation flag

The Mohawk and Iroquois Nations have flagged two anti-whaling ships to sail from Australia to Antarctica in November. My interest in the story has to do with the flags.

Anti-whaling ships to fly First Nations flags

“It’s a real honour to have the Mohawk flag flying on these ships,” said Stuart Myiow of the Mohawk Traditional Council, the longhouse that drew up the registration papers.

MohawkNationThe ship’s captain was presented the Flag of Five Nations and the Mohawk Nation flag, along with registration papers. The brief article indicates the Canadians stripped their flag from the vessels, but doesn’t tell why.

 The Mohawk flag is bright and colorful with the red backdrop and the Mohawk emblazoned over the image of the sun. I don’t know the dimensions of the flag, but it appears the rectangle shape is similar to the American flag, 1:1.9 size. I’ve never seen one flying from a pole, so I’m not sure which direction the head faces. It is very distinctive and would be an impressive flyer.  

The Five Nations Iroquois Confederacy flag represents the nations of the Mohawks, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Cayuga. The bright purple flag contains much symbolism which Wikipedia explains this way, Flag of Five Nations

“Haudenosaunee flag, representing the original five nations that were united by the Peacemaker. The tree symbol in the center represents an Eastern White Pine, the needles of which are clustered in groups of five. [1] The flag is based on the “Hiawatha Wampum Belt, … created from purple and white wampum beads centuries ago to symbolize the union forged when the former enemies buried their weapons under the Great Tree of Peace.”

I am not aware of any other ships sailing under the flag of an Indian nation. If you know of any, please let me know.

9 thoughts on “Ships to fly the Mohawk Nation flag

  1. what do the squares and tree mean

  2. I think I saw the purple flag on an episode of Whale Wars. The Steve Irwin, the Sea Shepherds’ ship, was flying that flag, along with their own and the Dutch flag. I was wondering what this flag stood for, so I googled it and came across this site.

    1. Amanda, thank you for writing. I am so glad The Daily Flag helped you to identify the flag. I will have to set up my Dish recorder to search for this episode so I can watch it too. Thanks again, Deborah.

  3. I just finished watching Whale Wars and the ship, “Steve Irwin” is flying the Haundenosaunee flag!

    1. John! Thank you for writing. It must be quite startling to see this flag flying—unmistakable too, I think.

  4. THE HAUDENOSAUNEE FLAG WAS GIVIN TO THE STEVE IRWIN (whale wars) BY THE MOHAWK TRIBE (KAHNAWAKE) IN CANADA,FOR FIGHTING AND PROTECTING THE CREATIONS THAT SHARE OUR MOTHER (EARTH). THE FLAGS SQUARES FACING EAST TO WEST , MOHAWK ,ONEIDA, ONONDAGA,CAYUGA,SENECA (MOHAWKS KEEPERS OF THE EASTERN GATE,,SENECA KEEPERS OF THE WESTERN GATE) ALSO THE TUSCARORAS JOINED THE CONFEDERACY .ALSO THE GREAT TRREE OF PEACE OR THE GREAT WHITE PINE IS IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR PEOPLE(shown on the flag). IN THE 1600s THE FRENCH CALLED US THE IROQUOIS,,THE ENGLISH CALLED US THE 6 NATIONS,WE CALL OUR SELFS THE HAUDENOSAUNEE. PEOPLE OF THE LONGHOUSE. NYA:WEH ,,,ONON KI

  5. The flag, spirit, and prayers of the Haudenosaunee people have again led Sea Shepherd to a great victory against those who would rape our mother Earth. This past winter (early 2010), SSCS cost the Japanese poachers over half their kills and made them operate at a huge loss AGAIN this year! Although not of Haudenosaunee blood myself, I share the pride of those connected to our mother who defend her and her children from people such as these honorless Japanese criminals. Well done, Sea Shepherd!

  6. I am a mohawk (kahnawake) and the flag sybolizes unity and freedom. The tree sybolizes the fire keepers. Which are Onondaga. And the squares are diffrent nations. My nation is the first square!!! Mohawks are the keepers of the eastern door.

  7. Mohawk pride!nice post thx for sharing 🙂

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