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image by Jens Pattke and Falko Schmidt, 3 July 2007
The description of the flag of Canton of Jama (Ecuador) is at El Diario
Falko Schmidt and Blas Delgado Ortiz, 25-27 October 2001
The image above is based on PDF
document available on the website of the Association of
Falko Schmidt, 3 July 2007
The canton was formed on 20 March 1988.
Translation of the text from El Diario (defunct):
"The flag of Jama - Author: Architect Iván Meza Sánchez.
For the design of the flag of the Canton of Jama, the working methodology was applied to the typical rectangular shape. Various possibilities of geometric design have been analyzed and the colours were selected the same way. Finally, historic, social and physic aspects of the canton were taken into acount.
Colours: The colours selected for the flag are: terracotta, white and Jama.
Terracotta: In the terracotta colour are merged the intense red of the blood flowing into our veins, the dark brown of the generous soil where we were born. It is the perfect symbiosis of the magnificent essence that keeps with ardor the breath of life conferred by the Supreme Being with the humus which grows and increases to feed the green mantle that offers us its precious fruits. The terracotta colour also includes yellow, the source of light of the gods of our ancestors, which brings us warmth and life every morning, the positive energy that forces us to be always moving forward; yellow represents the resource and potential production of Jama. The terracotta colour represents also the terracotta used by our ancestors to mould their illusions, legends and historical figures, as the lineage of a people being an important milestone in the American history.
White: With safety, one of the factors that had allowed Jama to constitute a place of work and progress and also of unity and social fraternity, white represents the human quality of the inhabitants. They have been traditionally characterized by their love for their land, their deep respect for environment, their balanced aspiration to action, their honesty and sincerity.
Jama: The Jama colour isthe essence extracted by our ancestors from the heart of jade and which, together with the terracotta colours, has alwys been present in their elegant and singular hairdressings and clothes, therefore representing the past. The Jama colour also represents this eternal and infinite horizon where the celeste transparency of the sky above us merges with the marine green toa distance not reachable by our eyes, from which safely comes the fiercy traveller in love with the generous nature alwyas reigning over the territory of Jama [...] Green also represents future, permanently hosted in our souls and hearts [...]"
Ivan Sache, 15 October 2008