by: Belinda Brooks
It’s OFFICIAL!!! Take a look at the Butte Tribe of Bayou Bourbeaux’s Flag. (designed by Brad Desadier)
The Story of Our Flag: The black bear in the center is the totem of our tribe. The graphics inside his body tells the story of Butte Hill, the largest mound in Natchitoches Parish which had been kept secret by the Butte Indian guardian of the mounds for the past 200 years. The guardian represents the leader of our tribe for each generation. The bayou is included in the diagram with the Louisiana crain standing by the cypress tree and the Butte eagle in flight. The last ancestors to be buried on Butte Hill, White Smoke & Two Moons, are represented by the signs on the bears rump: the cross with smoke and the two circles. The shape of our state, Louisiana, is drawn near the rump of the bear.
Red represents our mixed blood ties to the Chitimacha, Caddo and Mission Indians which combined together to make one strong, bold red bloodline, the Butte Indians. Blue is the water that flows through our land and gives life to all nature that touches it. Gold represents the wealth of our family ties that has been passed down from generation to generation. bb