The Massachusetts State flag elegantly honors the indigenous peoples of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Massachusetts flag depicts the state’s coat of arms on a white field on both sides of the flag. The Massachusetts coat of arms consists of a blue shield with a Massachusett, a Native American, on it. The Massachusett were a Native American tribe of the Algonquin family who were among the first peoples to encounter Europeans in North America. The Massachusett on the shield holds a gold bow in one hand and arrow pointing downward in the other. The pointed-down arrow signifies peace and friendliness. The five pointed white star reflects Massachusetts’ status as one of the original colonies.