The Yakama were originally a group of nomadic bands roaming the desert areas of Washington State. Fishing was the mainstay of the people with salmon, trout, and sturgeon being their favorites. The Yakama were excellent manufacturers of harpoons, hooks, nets and fish traps. Along with fishing, they hunted and gathered wild foods such as onions, acorns, and hazelnuts.
Their early dwellings were semi-subterranean buildings covered with mats and earth. These were gradually replaced by tipis as the Yakama began to hunt buffalo. Throughout their history, the Yakamas were noted toolmakers and artisans, making dugout canoes, carved bowls, baskets, and leather goods.
About the Flag:
In the background stands Mount Adams. The river represents the Yakama dependence on water. The fourteen stars stand for their elected leaders. The fourteen feathers symbolize Father Sun. The star above the eagle symbolizes the southernmost star. It is said that when this star disappears, the world will come to an end. The golden eagle in flight represents the big brother of the eagle family.
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