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Aboriginal Flag Calico Bag
Aboriginal Flag Calico Bag

Australian Aboriginal Flag Calico Bag

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This bag is made out of calico by a 100% Australian owned company.

The symbolic meaning of the Aboriginal Flag:

  • Black represents the Aboriginal people, past present and future.
  • Yellow represents yellow ochre and the Sun, the giver of life and protector
  • Red represents the red earth, Aboriginal spiritual relationship to the land and red ochre used in ceremonies.

The Australian Aboriginal Flag was designed by artist Harold Thomas and first flown at Victoria Square in Adelaide, South Australia, on National Aborigines Day, 12 July 1971. It became the official flag for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra after it was flown there in 1972. Since then, it has become a widely recognised symbol of the unity and identity of Aboriginal People.

In view of the flag's wide acceptance and importance in Australian society, the commonwealth took steps in 1994 to give the flag legal recognition. After a period of public consultation, in July 1995 the Aboriginal flag was proclaimed a 'Flag of Australia' under the Flags Act of 1953.

In 1997 the Federal Court recognised Harold Thomas as the author of the flag.

The Aboriginal flag is copyright to Mr Harold Thomas. Birubi Art is proud to be the sole world wide license holder for Aboriginal flag products. When purchasing Aboriginal flag items, ensure they are authentic licensed products, which will guarantee the flow of funds back into the Aboriginal community.

The symbolic meaning of the Torres Strait Island Flag:

The flag consists of three horizontal bands separated by black lines: two green bands and a blue one; In the blue band there is a Dhari which is a distinctive traditional dance and ceremonial headdress; and a five-pointed star are central motifs of the flag.

Each part of the flag gives meaning to the Torres Strait Island culture:

Green: the two green lines represent the mainlands of Australia and Papua New Guinea.
  • Blue: the blue between these two continents is the blue of the Torres Strait Island waters.
  • Black: the black lines represent the people of the Torres Strait.
  • Central symbol: is one that any islander anywhere can identify with, the Dhari or headdress.
  • Five pointed star: The five-pointed star represents the five major Island groups of the Torres Strait as well as sea-faring navigation.
  • White: represents peace.
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