Approx. 36 inches by 60 inches.
The Mohawk Warrior Flag represents the Rotisken’rakéhte, also known as the Kahnawake Warrior Society, which seeks to assert Kanien’kehá:ka authority over their traditional lands, and has been in use since 1974.
In 1972, the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs at Kahnawake authorized the formation of the Kahnawake Warrior Society as a means to carry out the resolutions of the Clans in Council and to serve as the defensive vanguard of the Longhouse. Since that time, generations have embraced their duties and responsibilities as Haudenosaunee men.
In the Haudenosaunee tradition; the Rotisken’rakéhte, often referred to as the Mohawk Warrior Society, are responsible for national defense and public security in the Territory of Kahnawake.
The Flag of the Mohawk Warrior Society was designed by the late Mohawk artist and scribe Karoniaktajeh. It was designed to serve as a symbol and standard for the Kanien’kehá:ka men of the Rotinonhsón:ni Warrior Society; the vanguard of the Long House people.
Originally the first flag design by Karoniaktajeh, which depicted a long-haired indigenous person, was dubbed the Indian Flag or Unity Flag. It was designed to be a prolific standard for all indigenous people to unify behind. Since one of the objectives of the Ganienkeh Indian Project was to create of venue for Indigenous Nations to gather in, the flag became known as the Ganienkeh Flag; which served as a symbol of indigenous unity, nationalism, and resistance.