New Mexico (NM) State Flag The 47th state, admitted 1912
Before the New Mexico NM flag was adopted, a much more elaborate flag existed, but it was too expensive and difficult to reproduce. So a contest was held for a new, New Mexico flag. An archeologist, Dr. Harry Mera, designed this flag, which was adopted with urging by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The colors of red and yellow recall the Spanish rule in the 17th century. The symbol is that of the ancient Zia people, part of the Pueblo tribe located on the north bank of the James River. It represents the belief of the Zias that the Giver of All Good Gifts gave in groups of four - four directions, four seasons, four times of the day and four states of life. All these are connected by a circle of life and love, which is without beginning or end.
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