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An ETHNIC FLAG is a flag that symbolizes a certain ethnic group . Ethnic flags are often introduced to the ethnic community through the respective cultural or political ethnic movements. They are popular among ethnic minorities and some ethnic majorities, especially in multiethnic countries .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Individual flags * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

Like the concept of the national flag itself, that of an "ethnic flag" is modern, first arising in the late 19th century; strictly speaking, the national flags of nation states are themselves "ethnic flags", and often so used by ethnic minorities in neighbouring states, especially in the context of irredentism (e.g. the flag of the Republic of Albania used as an "ethnic Albanian flag" by Kosovar Albanians ).

Ethnic flags are often used in irredentism , representing the "national flag" of a proposed or unrecognized state . The first such flags were designed at the end of the 19th century, such as the Basque flag (1894) or the " Flag
Flag
of Zion" used to symbolize Zionism
Zionism
from 1898, which became the national flag of Israel 50 years later.

Most early ethnic flags imply a connection with an unrecognized state claimed by the respective ethnicities, such as the flag of Kurdistan which originates as the flag of the Republic of Ararat (1927). A flag of the Hispanic People was designed in 1932.

Alternatively, an "ethnic flag" may represent a Pan-nationalism , such as the Pan-Arab flag which originates as the flag of the Arab Revolt during World War I, the proposed flag of Pan-Slavism
Pan-Slavism
(1848), Pan-Iranism or Pan-Turkism .

The concept of using ethnic flags to symbolize ethnic groups within a multiethnic state, not necessarily connected with irredentism, became popular in the later 20th century, such as the Australian Aboriginal flag (1971), the Assyrian flag (1971), the flag of the Romani people (1971), the Berber flag
Berber flag
(1970s), the Sami flag
Sami flag
(1986) or the Māori flag (1990). Designing ethnic or tribal flags has become very popular since the 1990s, especially for online use, and mostly do not have any kind of "official" status and must be judged based on de facto use.

INDIVIDUAL FLAGS

Further information: Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization This is a list of links to ethnic flags with referenced entries in articles, including flags of irredentist or nationalist movements motivated by ethnic nationalism. For a looser (unreferenced) collection of proposed or claimed ethnic flags see Flags of ethnic groups on Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons
.

* Media related to Cultural flags at Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

* Media related to Flags of ethnic groups at Wikimedia Commons * Media related to Flags of active autonomist and secessionist movements at Wikimedia Commons * Media related to Native American flags in Latin America at Wikimedia Commons * Media related to Native American flags in the United States at Wikimedia Commons

IMAGE NAME GROUP WORLD REGION LINGUISTIC PHYLUM INTRODUCTION NOTES

Métis flag Métis people America, North mixed; Michif 1814 Received from Alexander Macdonnell of the North West Company
North West Company
in 1814 and used by the Canadian Métis resistance in the Battle of Seven Oaks (1816).

Pan-Slavic colors Slavs
Slavs
Europe, Eastern Indo-European, Slavic 1848 Adopted by the Prague Slavic Congress, 1848 , used as the ethnic flag of Sorbs
Sorbs
, Moravians
Moravians
and other Slavic-speaking minorities.

Flag
Flag
of Acadia Acadians
Acadians
America, North Indo-European, Romance, French 1884 Adopted at the Second Acadian National Convention held in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island, on 15 August 1884.

Ikurriña Basque people
Basque people
Europe, West Basque 1895 Designed in 1894 for the province of Biscay, adopted in 1895 by "Euzkeldun Batzokija" (predecessor of the Basque Nationalist Party
Basque Nationalist Party
), adopted it as the flag of the Basque Autonomous Region in 1936, prohibited in Franco Spain 1938–1977, official adoption as the flag of the Basque Country in 1978.

Flag
Flag
of Zion Jews
Jews
Asia, Western Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Hebrew
Hebrew
1898 Introduced as the flag of Zionism
Zionism
at the Second Zionist Congress held in Switzerland in 1898; adopted as the state flag of Israel in 1948.

Flag
Flag
of the Arab Revolt Arabs
Arabs
Asia, Western Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Arabic 1917 Introduced as the flag of the Arab nationalist
Arab nationalist
revolt against the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and the Kingdom of Hejaz in 1917. It became the basis of a numer of flags using the Pan-Arab colors
Pan-Arab colors
later in the 20th century.

Crimean Tatar flag Crimean Tatars
Crimean Tatars
Europe, Eastern Turkic, Crimean Tatar 1917 Introduced under the Crimean People\'s Republic (November 1917), now used as ethnic flag.

Pan-African flag
Pan-African flag
Black Africans Africa — 1920 Adopted in 1920 by the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League , now used in Black nationalism and Pan-Africanism
Pan-Africanism
.

Flag
Flag
of the Swedish-speaking Finns Finland-Swedes Europe, Northern Indo-European, Germanic, Swedish 1922 Used by the Swedish People\'s Party of Finland from 1922, based on a 1917 design.

Flag
Flag
of Bosnian Croats Bosnian Croats Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croat 1992 1996 Used by the Bosnian Croats since 1992

Flag
Flag
of Livonians
Livonians
Livonians
Livonians
Europe, Northern Finnic, Livonian 1923 Used by Livonian Society (Līvõd Īt) in 1923.

Flag
Flag
of Kurdistan Kurds
Kurds
, Kurdish irredentism Asia, Western Indo-European, Iranian, Kurdish 1927 Used by the Republic of Ararat in 1927, based on earlier designs used in the 1890s revolt .

Hispanic flag Hispanidad , La Raza
La Raza
Americas Indo-European, Romance, Spanish 1932 Winning entry in a contest organized by Juana de Ibarbourou in 1932.

Flag
Flag
of the Romani people
Romani people
Romani people
Romani people
Europe Indo-European, Indo-Aryan, Romani 1933 Introduced by the General Union of the Roma of Romania in 1933, adopted at the First World Romani Congress in 1971.

Malay tricolour Malay people , Malayness Asia, Southeast Austronesian, Malay 1946 Introduced by the United Malays National Organisation
United Malays National Organisation
(1946)

Flag
Flag
of the Navajo Nation
Navajo Nation
Navajo Nation
Navajo Nation
America, North Na-Dené, Athabaskan 1968 Adopted in 1968 as the winning entry of a flag design competition; the design is partly based on the tribal seal adopted in 1952.

Flag
Flag
of Biafra Igbo people
Igbo people
Africa, West Niger-Congo, Igbo 1967 Flag
Flag
of the irredentist Republic of Biafra
Republic of Biafra
, after 1970 used as ethnic flag.

Assyrian flag Assyrian people
Assyrian people
( Syriac Christians
Syriac Christians
) Asia, Western Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Aramaic 1971 A 1968 design adopted by the Assyrian Universal Alliance in 1971.

Australian Aboriginal Flag
Flag
Aboriginal Australians
Aboriginal Australians
Australia Australian 1971 Designed in 1971, given official recognition by the Australian authorities in 1995.

Flag
Flag
of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
America, North Iroquoian 1978 Approved by the Tribal Council in 1978, altered in 1989 (addition of a black star).

Aramean-Syriac flag Aramaeans ( Syriac Christians
Syriac Christians
) Asia, Western Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Aramaic 1980 Used by the Bahro Suryoyo journal in 1980.

Sami flag
Sami flag
Sami people
Sami people
Europe, Northern Finnic, Sami 1986 Adopted by the 13th Nordic Sami Conference on 15 August 1986.

Flag
Flag
of Maori irredentism Maori Oceania, New Zealand Austronesian, Maori 1990 Designed in 1990 and made the subject of an activist campaign until its official recognition by New Zealand authorities in 2009.

Link Torres Strait Islander Flag
Flag
Torres Strait Islanders
Torres Strait Islanders
Australia Creole, Torres Strait Island 1992 Recognised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in June 1992, granted official status Australia in 1995.

Berber flag
Berber flag
Berbers
Berbers
Africa, North Afro-Asiatic, Berber 1998 Adopted by the World Amazigh Congress based on 1970s proposals by the Berber Academy .

Druze flag Druze
Druze
Levant, West Asia West Asian, 1860 Adopted by the Druze
Druze
Mental Chiefdom based on "Five Limits Star Druze
Druze
Star .

Chaldean Flag
Flag
Chaldean Christians Asia, Western Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Aramaic 1999 Approved by the International Chaldean Association of Professional Visual Artists and various other Chaldean organisations. Designed by Amer Fatuhi.

Flag
Flag
of the Hopi Nation
Nation
Hopi people America, North Uto-Aztecan 2002

Coptic flag
Coptic flag
Copts
Copts
Africa, North Afro-Asiatic, Coptic 2005 This flag is not recognized by the Coptic Orthodox Church
Coptic Orthodox Church
or the Coptic Catholic Church
Coptic Catholic Church
but is used by a New Zealand based movement called "The Free Copts" as a sign of opposition to Islamic authority in Egypt
Egypt
.

Flag
Flag
of Turkic peoples
Turkic peoples
Turkic peoples
Turkic peoples
Asia
Asia
Turkic 2009 Used by the Turkic Council since 2009.

SEE ALSO

* List of former sovereign states * Flags of subnational entities * Flags of unrecognized states * Flags of micronations

REFERENCES

* ^ "Symbols and Traditions". Métis Nation
Nation
of Ontario. Retrieved 2015-01-08. * ^ Jaume Olle', Crimea: The Tatars (Ukraine), Flags of the World — (10 July 2000). "adopted November 1917, abolished January 1918" (Jaumé Olle, Historical Flags, 1998). * ^ "Svenska Brevmärken 1922" (in Swedish). Svenska Centralarkivet. Retrieved April 5, 2010. * ^ Minahan, James (2002). Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: S-Z. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 762. ISBN 0-313-32384-4 . * ^ "Chaldean Flag
Flag
... from A to Z". Retrieved 2016-10-03. * ^ Donald T. Healy, Peter J. Orenski, Native American Flags University of Oklahoma Press (2003), 92–94. * ^ "The Coptic Flag, Meanings and Colors by The Free Copts". Archived from the original on 2007-01-14. Retrieved 2016-10-03.

* Znamierowski, Alfred (2001). The World Encyclopedia of Flags. London, UK: Hermes House. * Flags of the World
Flags of the World
- FOTW

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