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Utica, New York (U.S.)

Oneida County

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[Flag of Utica, New York] image located by Ivan Sache, 9 May 2009



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The City of Utica (60,651 inhabitants in 2000; 43 sq. km), incorporated in 1832, is the seat of Oneida County.

On 6 May 2009, "WKTV News" reports the return of the city flag brought to Afghanistan by Rick Redmond, Captain in the New York Army National Guard. A photo shows the flag as white with a yellow border and the city's seal in the middle. The seal of Utica features a bucolic scene featuring a native, surrounded by a yellow ring with the writings "SEAL OF THE CITY OF UTICA" and "UNUNDADAGES."
The video footage also available does not bring more information on the flag.
www.wktv.com/news/local/44502182.html
Ivan Sache, 9 May 2009

Detail of the seal can be seen on an envelope at www.postalhistorystore.com/servlet/the-22184/Utica-New-York-Seal/Detail.
Valentin Poposki, 10 May 2009

Alexander R. Thomas. In Gotham's Shadow - Globalization and Community Change in Central New York. State University of New York Press, 2003. Quoting pp. 16-17:
"The first European explorers of the Mohawk river traveled west from the Hudson through a narrow valley that, ninety miles upstream, broadens into the ancient great lakes floodplain. Near the site of this widening, was a site the Iroquois called "Unundadages", a fording spot at the bend along one of the river's many meanders. The Iroquois had utilized this spot as a crossing point for several trails, including the westwards Seneca trail."

The landscape shown on the seal must represent an idyllic vision of the spot.
Ivan Sache, 10 May 2009