It's All About Nature
This souvenir from United States may appeal to your nature derived sensibilities if you are an outdoor enthusiast, which shouldn't be the exception but the rule when talking about those who are living in Michigan. After all, this is referred to as the Great Seal of Michigan with pride for a reason. One can't help but feel a little bit humbled by the natural elements included. There is an unmistakable notion that we share our world with the rest of the animals that inhabit it alongside us.
However, one of the big themes of this seal is the idea of survival. This is why there is a man with a gun in the center of it all. He is supposed to represent peace from oppression and his right to defend his rights. The colors almost suggest the vibrancy with which nature presents herself, which in turn continues this theme of supremacy or strength in the face of nature.
Michigan in Details
Interestingly, Michigan means large water and it comes from a French translation of the Native American word mishigamaa. It is no wonder as it is located in the world famous region of the Great Lakes which expands over other states such as New York and Illinois. Michigan itself has more than 64,000 lakes. If seen on a map, Michigan shows as two peninsulas linked by the famous Mackinac bridge. UP, or the Upper peninsula is chosen by sports buffs for their water sports facilities.
Michigan was key in the growth of American economy in the Twentieth century as it was here were the most important automotive industries were established including, Ford, Dodge and Buick. This attracted many immigrants from other regions of United States, specially from the South as many jobs were created daily. It was at this moment that Detroit, Michigan's most important city, grew exponentially and many neighbourhoods were created, giving way to a socially and culturally diverse city. This is a great travel souvenir to take back home.