Oklahoma is a major producer of natural gas, oil, and agriculture, Oklahoma's primary industries include aviation, energy, telecommunications, and biotechnology. With small mountain ranges, prairies, and forests, most of Oklahoma lies in the Great Plains. Students can learn how western ranchers, Native American tribes, southern settlers, and eastern oil barons have created the state's distinct identity.
The name Oklahoma comes from two Choctaw Indian words, okla, which means "people," and humma, which means "red." In 1889, Congress opened up 2 million acres for white settlement (it was previously open only to Native Americans who were forced to leave their homelands), and the first of a number of land runs began. Some of the Oklahoma's settlers were called "Sooners" because they had already staked their land claims before the land was officially opened for settlement. Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state in 1907. Oklahoma's capital is an easy one to remember--Oklahoma City. The state floral emblem is the mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum), a favorite for kissing under during the winter holidays.
Oklahoma State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Oklahoma state facts such as Oklahoma state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Oklahoma, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.
Oklahoma State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
Symbol Name - (Species)
|Children Song||"Oklahoma, My Native Land"|
|Colors||Green and White|
|Country & Western Song||"Faded Love"|
|Cowboy Poet Laureate||Francine Roark Robison|
|Crystal||Hourglass Selenite Crystal|
|Fish||White Bass, also called Sand Bass
|Flying mammal||Mexican free-tailed bat|
|Folk Dance||Square Dance|
|Folk Song||"Oklahoma Hills"|
|Game Animal||White-tail deer
|Game Bird||Wild Turkey
|Gospel Song||Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
composed and written by Wallis Willis
|Land run song||"The Oklahoma Run,"
composed by Harold Fletcher
|Meal||Fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas.|
|Motto||Labor Omnia Vincit
(Labor Conquers All Things.)
|Okie caricature artist||Teresa Farrington|
|Percussive Musical Instrument||Drum|
|Poet Laureate||Francine Ringold
Appointed by the Governor for a period of two years, appointment made by January 1 of every odd year.
|Quarter||Oklahoma State Quarter|
|Reptile||Mountain Boomer or Collared Lizard
|Rock song (Former)||"Do You Realize??" by the Flaming Lips (By proclamation of Goveronor Brad Henry)|
|Salute to the Flag||Salute to the Flag|
|Soil||Port Silt Loam
|Theatre||Lynn Riggs Players of Oklahoma, Inc.|
|Vietnam war memorial|
|Western Band||The Sounds of the Southwest|
|Wood Capital of Oklahoma||Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center Museum, located in Beavers Bend State Park|