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.
“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.
The 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,
“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.  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.