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Oklahoma State Symbols

The State Flag The Oklahoma State Flag
The State flag features an Osage warrior's shield on a blue background. An olive branch and a calumet, or peace pipe, lay across the shield. Seven eagle feathers decorate the shield. Both of these items are symbols of peace. The design was officially adopted as Oklahoma's flag in 1925. In 1941 the word "Oklahoma" was added beneath the shield.
The State seal of Oklahoma The Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma
The State Seal features a five-pointed star. In the center of the star is the state motto "Labor Omnia Vincit." Columbia, a symbol of justice, stands between a pioneer and an American Indian clasping hands.

Inside each point is an emblem of one of the Five Civilized Tribes. In the background of the seal are 45 stars, representing the forty five states in the Union. Oklahoma was the forty-sixth state.
Buffalo, the state animal Animal
Buffalo (Bison bison)
The buffalo, or bison, was adopted as the state animal in 1972. Buffalo are large mammals with a brown coat, a large hump, and shaggy hair around the head. Buffalo can reach up to 2,000 pounds and stand almost six feet tall. Buffalo were an important source of food for the American Indians.
Raccoon, the state furbearer Furbearer
Raccoon (Algonquian arathkone)
Adopted in 1989.
Baby deer, resting Game Animal
White-tailed Deer
The white-tailed deer has a brown coat in the summer, and turns gray throughout the rest of the year. Males grow large antlers, and can weigh over 200 pounds.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, the state bird Bird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Muscivora forficate)
The scissor-tailed flycatcher was named the state bird in 1951. The scissortail has a mostly gray body with a long forked tail.
Wild Turkey, the state game bird Game Bird
Wild Turkey
bat in flight
Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006.
Flying Mammal
Mexican Free-tailed Bat
Collared Lizard, the state reptile Reptile
Collared Lizard, or Mountain Boomer (Crotaphytus collaris)
The Collared Lizard is a brightly colored reptile that can grow up to a foot long. The name "collared" comes from the dark bands around the lizards neck.
bullfrog in mud Amphibian
Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
The bullfrog was adopted as the state amphibian in 1997.
Sandbass, the state fish Fish
Sandbass, or White Bass (Morone chrysops)
Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
This butterfly is mostly black, with a row of colored spots. Males have yellow markings, while females have yellow and blue accents.
Honeybee Insect
Honeybee (Apis mellifera)
Stawberries on a vine Fruit
Strawberry
The strawberry was adopted in 2005. For 60 years the town of Stilwell has held an annual strawberry festival to celebrate this fruit and the farmers who grow it.
watermelon, the state vegetable Vegetable
Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)
The watermelon is Oklahoma's most recent symbol. It was adopted in September of 2007.
 Flower
Oklahoma Rose
 Wild Flower
Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)
The Indian Blanket, or Blanket Flower, is a daisy-shaped flower with red petals tipped with yellow.
mistletoe Floral Emblem
Mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum)
Mistletoe is Oklahoma's oldest symbol, originally chosen as the state flower in 1893. It was later changed to the state floral emblem.
A blooming Redbud tree in front of a house Tree
Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
The Redbud is a colorful tree with small pink flowers. It was chosen in 1937.
Indian Grass Grass
Indiangrass (Sorhastrum nutans)
image of Oklahoma's reddish-brown soil Soil
Port Silt Loam (Cumulic haplustolls)
A barite rose, or rose rock Rock
Rose Rock (Barite rose)
These rare rocks, sometimes called "Cherokee Roses" are only found in Oklahoma. Their red coloring and petal-like shape resemble a rose.
  Fossil
Saurophaganax Maximus
  Crystal
Hourglass Selenite Crystal
glass of milk surrounded by fruits and vegetables Beverage
Milk
  Meal
Fried Okra, Squash, Cornbread, Barbeque Pork, Biscuits, Sausage & Gravy, Grits, Corn, Strawberries, Chicken Fried Steak, Black-eyed Peas, and Pecan Pie
Gusty, the state cartoon character, with a microphone Cartoon Character
Gusty, created by Don Woods
The Golden Driller Statue Monument
The Golden Driller
The Golden Driller stands 76 feet tall. A plaque at the base of the driller reads "The Golden Driller, a symbol of the International Petroleum Exposition. Dedicated to the men of the petroleum industry who by their vision and daring have created from God's abundance a better life for mankind."


Percussive Instrument
Drum 

Musical Instrument
Fiddle 

Nickname
The Sooner State

Motto
Labor Omnia Vincit, latin for "Labor Conquers All Things"

Flag Salute
"I salute the flag of the State of Oklahoma. Its symbols of peace unite all people."

Colors
Green & White

Song
"Oklahoma!" lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Richard Rogers
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Brand new state, Brand new state, gonna treat you great!
Gonna give you barley, carrots and pertaters,
Pasture fer the cattle, Spinach and Termayters!
Flowers on the prairie where the June bugs zoom,
Plen'y of air and plen'y of room,
Plen'y of room to swing a rope!
Plen'y of heart and plen'y of hope!

Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain,
And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.
Oklahoma, ev'ry night my honey lamb and I
Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin' lazy circles in the sky.

We know we belong to the land
And the land we belong to is grand!
And when we say - Yeeow] A-yip-i-o-ee ay!
We're only sayin' You're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma - O.K.

Children's Song
"Oklahoma, My Native Land" by Martha Kemm Barrett
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As I travel the roads of America, such wonderful sights I can see.
But nothing compares to the place I love;
The perfect home for you and for me.

Yes, Oklahoma, my native land.
I am proud to say your future's looking grand.
Yes, Oklahoma, such history.
Ev'ry day you give a gift just for me.

I see a Scissortail Flycatcher cut through the clean air
as mistletoe kisses the branches ev'rywhere.
Redbuds open ev'ry single spring.

I hear a Pow Wow beat the rhythm of the old ways
as oil wells pump back mem'ries of the boom days.
Only Oklahoma has these things.

Yes, Oklahoma, my native land.
I am proud to say your future's looking grand.
Yes, Oklahoma, such history.
Ev'ry day you give a gift just for me.

Perfect home for you.
The perfect home for me.
It's only Oklahoma for me.

Country & Western Song
"Faded Love" by John Willis and Bob Wills
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As I look at the letters that you wrote to me,
It's you that I am thinking of.
As I read the lines that to me were so sweet,
I remember our faded love.

I miss you, Darling, more and more every day
As heaven would miss the stars above.
With every heartbeat, I still think of you
And remember our faded love.

As I think of the past and all the pleasures we had,
As I watch the mating of the dove,
It was in the springtime when you said goodbye.
I remember our faded love.

I miss you, Darling, more and more every day
As heaven would miss the stars above.
With every heartbeat, I still think of you
And remember our faded love.

Folk Song
"Oklahoma Hills" by Woody Guthrie and Jack Guthrie
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Many a month has come and gone
Since I've wandered from my home
In those Oklahoma Hills
Where I was born
Many a page of my life has turned
Many lessons I have learned
And I feel like in those hills
Where I belong

CHORUS:
Way down yonder in the Indian nation
Ridin' my pony on the reservation
In the Oklahoma Hills where I was born
Way down yonder in the Indian nation
A cowboy's life is my occupation
In the Oklahoma Hills where I was born

But as I sit here today
Many miles I am away
From the place I rode my pony
Through the draw
Where the oak and black-jack trees
Kiss the playful prairie breeze
And I feel back in those hills
Where I belong

CHORUS

Now as I turn life a page
To the land of the great Osage
In those Oklahoma hills
Where I was born
Where the black oil rolls and flows
And the snow white cotton grows
And I feel like in those hills
Where I belong

CHORUS

Rock Song
"Do You Realize??" by the Flaming Lips
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Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize - we're floating in space -
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - Oh - Oh - Oh
Do You Realize - that everyone you know
Someday will die -

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize

Gospel Song
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" by Wallis Willis
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Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot;
Comin' for to carry me home.

I looked over Jordan, and what did I see,
Comin' for to carry me home,
A band of angels comin' after me,
Comin' for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' for to carry me home.

If you get there before I do,
Comin' for to carry me home,
Tell all my friends I'm comin' too,
Comin' for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' for to carry me home.

I'm sometimes up and sometimes down,
Comin' for to carry me home,
But still my soul feels heavenly bound,
Comin' for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' for to carry me home.

The brightest day that I can say,
Comin' for to carry me home,
When Jesus washed my sins away,
Comin' for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' for to carry me home.

Folk Dance
Square Dance

Waltz
"Oklahoma Wind" by Dr. Dale J. Smith
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In an ancient sunrise, lighting the sky,
men and spirits came riding by on the land that was taken
by you and I in the wind.

The wind kept blowing and moved us with haste.
We devoured this country just for the taste ofthat land that was theirs,
Lord what a waste in the wind.

Chorus:
Oklahoma Wind Waltz me back home again, back where a friend is a friend,
Oklahoma Wind

Just a drifting cowboy riding along,
I heard the wind call and I had to belong
to the land that was callin' and growin' up strong in the wind.

We waited for the signal to start the race,
all we had to do was to drive our stakes in the land that was willin'
to give us a place in the wind.

Chorus

Was the year of thirty five, hardly nothing was left alive
'cept the will of a few that made her survive in the wind.

And now she's blowin across the plain.
O'er the hills of golden grain, ev'rybody knows she's alive again in the wind.

Chorus

Poem
"Howdy Folks" by David Randolph Milsten
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Well, here goes some scribblin' that's a little past due,
But I reckon I'm always a-thinkin' 'bout you.
I've been readin' the papers in my own little way,
And I see where you messed up my last birthday.
Through divine television I caught the dedication
And heard some tributes by a mighty swell nation.
Now that's a powerful nice shack you built on the hill;
But that's just like the Sooners, it gives them a thrill.
I never did nuthin' to cause all that fuss;
And sometimes, folks, I could almost cuss.
But, dern you, I love you, I guess it's my pride
That chokes me all up and hurts me inside.
I heard Jesse, Irvin, Cohan and Fred
And Amon and Eddie, what nice things they said.
I always called Claremore a big little town,
With guys like Mort Harrison and others around.
I see where Joe Crosson winged there for a day;
Remember him, Wiley? We slept all the way.
But I'll tell you the part which touched me the most,
And it ain't like me to speak up and boast.
It was when dear Mary pulled the curtain string
For my act in bronze -- what a homely thing!
But I guess it was sentiment that filled the place,
'Cause my kids kind of cried and I saw Betty's face.
God bless my old partner, she held up her head;
and though none of you heard me, she knew what I said.
And I spied Sister Sally with a shy little glance;
She's all the West means, charm and romance.
Old Jo had a job a-chisslin' my mug;
Why, I got more wrinkles than a Navajo rug.
So you're honorin' Oklahoma with a replica of me --
Move over Sequoyah, for another Cherokee.
Well, much obliged friends, for the money you spent,
And the words that were spoken by our President.
I wish you had erected a memorial to peace;
We'd be happy up here if war talk would cease.
But I ain't ungrateful, I just can't see
Such a hullabaloo 'bout a cowboy like me.
Well, so long folks, it's time to retire;
I got to keep a date with Odd McIntyre.



Photo Credits:
Photo of Redbud by Lou Anella.
Photo of Indian Grass Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.
Photo of Mexican Free-tailed Bat courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006.