Sunday, February 12, 2012
Torres Strait Islander
Information from "Aboriginal Studies across the curriculum" [http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/wattle/abstuds1/flags.html]: The Torres Strait Islander flag - designed by the late Bernard Namok - stands for the unity and identity of all Torres Strait Islanders. It features three horizontal coloured stripes, with green at the top and bottom and blue in between -- divided by thin black lines. A white dhari (headdress) sits in the centre, with a five-pointed white star underneath it. The colour green is for the land, and the dhari is a symbol of all Torres Strait Islanders. The black represents the people and the blue is for the sea. The five-pointed star represents the island groups. Used in navigation, the star is also an important symbol for the seafaring Torres Strait Islander people. The colour white of the star represents peace.