We have some super cool shirts here in the shop, and one question we get all the time is, what do the stars mean?
As you may or may not know, these 8 stars represent the Big Dipper and the North Star, also known as the Alaskan State Flag!
The Big Dipper and North Star have a great history in the U.S as it was used to find true north. This design was chosen during a flag design competition hosted by the Alaska Department of the American Legion in 1927, and was created by Bennie Benson, a 13-year-old Alaska Native living in the Jesse Lee Home for Children Orphanage in Seward, AK.
His design was one of almost 700, kids from all over the territory in grades 7-12 submitting ideas. He said this about his design, "The blue field is for the Alaska Sky and the forget-me-not, [the state flower]. The North Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear - symbolizing strength." As a reward for winning the competition, he received a $1000 scholarship and an engraved watch with the design. The flag flew for the first time on July 9th, 1927. Find more about the flag HERE.
The Big Dipper and the North Star has been our state flag for almost a hundred years and symbolizes the great north of Alaska, and the freedom and strength of this final frontier.
Come into our shop or look through our online look book to find more great styles with the stars, including super cute baby onesies! You can also send us pictures of you rocking your Alaska Stars and we'll feature you on Instagram!