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Alaska's Flag

(word by Marie Drake, music by Elinor Dusenbury)

Eight stars of gold on a field of blue,
Alaska's flag, may it mean to you,
The blue of the sea, the evening sky,
The mountain lakes and the flowers nearby,
The gold of the early sourdough's dreams,
The precious gold of the hills and streams,
The brilliant stars in the northern sky,
The "Bear," the "Dipper," and shining high,
The great North Star with its steady light,
O'er land and sea a beacon bright,
Alaska's flag to Alaskans dear,
The simple flag of a last frontier.

A Native lad choose the dipper's stars,
For Alaska's flag that there be no bars;
Among our cultures be it known,
Through years the Natives' past has grown;
To share life's treasures, hand in hand,
To keep Alaska our great land;
We love the northern midnight sky,
The mountains lakes and streams nearby;
The great north star with its steady light,
Will guide all cultures clear and bright;
With nature's flag to Alaskans dear,
The simple flag of a last frontier.

Items of Interest

Notable Natives

Some of these were born here, others just lived a while in the state.

The Alaska State Flag

Alaska's flag was designed by 13-year-old Aleut, Benny Benson. The blue background represents the sky, the sea, mountain lakes and forget-me-nots. On the background are eight gold stars. Seven stars form the constellation Ursa Major (Great Bear), or the Big Dipper, representing strength. The eighth star is the North Star, representing the northern most state.

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How Cold is it in Alaska?

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Songs about Alaska

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