Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma seal


Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma sealThe four eagle feathers represent the cardinal points of the land. The number four is sacred to the Tribe and is found in many of our ceremonies and practices. The Quapaw People hold the eagle in high esteem because it flies the highest in the sky, which puts him closest to the Creator. The Tribe believes the eagle talks with God, and eagle feathers are used in many of our ceremonies.  

The red and blue background of the flag represents a kind of blanket used in Native American Church meetings. This blanket is made from wool broadcloth, this cloth is used by our people for traditional clothing such as leggings, breechcloths, and skirts for women and was originally obtained through trade with Europeans.  

The Quapaws were one of the early tribes to follow Native American Church as a form of worship.  The Quapaw helped spread this form of worship to other tribes, some of these tribes still say special prayers for the Quapaw people in their meetings.  

The word “O-Gah-Pah” was chosen to represent how the Quapaw People say “Quapaw” in the Quapaw language, and can be translated to mean “Downstream People.”

Last updated on May 26, 2015