The U.S. state of Indiana has 17 official state emblems, as well as other designated official and unofficial items. The majority of the symbols in the list are officially recognized and created by an act of the Indiana General Assembly and signed into law by the governor. They are listed in Indiana Code Title 1, Article 2, State Emblems which also regulates the appearance and applicable use of the items.
Compared to other states, Indiana has few official symbols. The first symbol was the Seal of Indiana, which was made official in 1801 for the Indiana Territory and again in 1816 by the state of Indiana. It served as the state's only emblem for nearly a century until the adoption of the state song in 1913. For many years, Indiana was the only state without a flag. The official state banner was adopted in 1917, and renamed the state flag in 1955. The newest symbol of Indiana is state fossil, mastodon, which was declared in 2022.
|Flag||Flag of Indiana||Indiana's flag has a blue background with a torch in the center. The torch is surrounded by nineteen stars: the thirteen in the outer ring representing the original colonies, the five in the inner ring representing the next five states admitted (prior to Indiana), and the one on top of the torch representing Indiana.||1917|||
|Motto||The Crossroads of America||Indiana is the site of many cross-country roads, including the National Road and U.S. Route 41.||1937|||
|Seal||Seal of Indiana||Indiana's seal depicts a setting sun, sycamore trees, a woodsman, and a jumping bison.||1816|||
|The male cardinal is bright red and the female is brown and dull red. They live in Indiana year-round.||1933|||
|The peony is a red, pink, or white flower that blooms in late May. It is grown throughout Indiana.||1957|||
|Mastodons roamed Indiana starting about 2.5 million years ago and became extinct about 10,500 years ago. Mastodons are now the most common Ice Age fossil found in Indiana.||2022|||
|The males of this flying beetle species produce amber flashes of light at night to attract mates. It is named for New Harmony, Indiana naturalist Thomas Say.||2018|||
|The tulip tree is also called the yellow poplar. It has a distinctive leaf shape and yellow, bell-shaped flowers. It is a tall tree and grows throughout Indiana.||1931|||
|River||Wabash River||The Wabash is the longest river in Indiana. It flows from Ohio across Northern Indiana until it forms the border between Indiana and Illinois.||1996|||
|Stone||Indiana limestone||The Indiana variety of limestone, also called Salem or Bedford, is significantly quarried in south-central Indiana. It is a high-quality stone that has been used in buildings such as the Empire State Building and the Pentagon. A sculpture commemorating the state stone sits in the Indiana Statehouse.||1971|||
|Aircraft||Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Hoosier Spirit II||The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a World War II-era fighter aircraft manufactured at Republic Aviation's Evansville, Indiana, plant. In 2021, the statute was amended to specifically designate the Hoosier Spirit II, one of 6,242 aircraft built at the plant. Hoosier Spirit II is displayed at the Evansville Wartime Museum.||2015||—|||
|Firearm||Grouseland Rifle||The Grouseland Rifle is a long rifle crafted in the early-1800s by gunsmith John Small for then-governor of the Indiana Territory, William Henry Harrison. The firearm is displayed in Vincennes, Indiana, at its namesake Grouseland.||2012||—|||
American Sign Language
|English is the native language of over 95% of the state's residents.||1984
|Poem||"Indiana"||"Indiana" is by Arthur Franklin Mapes, the former Indiana State Poet Laureate. The poem describes the state's natural beauty.||1963||—|||
|Poet laureate||Matthew Graham||2005|||
|Snack||Indiana grown popcorn||According to the USDA, Indiana was the nation's largest popcorn producer in 2021. Nearly 100,000 acres (40,000 ha) were devoted to growing popcorn (particularly in White and Pulaski counties) valued at US$100 million. Orville Redenbacher's and Pop Weaver are popular popcorn brands originated in Indiana.||2021|||
|Song||"On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away"||The song was written and composed by songwriter Paul Dresser reminiscing about his childhood home along the Wabash River in Terre Haute, Indiana.||1913|||
While most states have an official nickname, the Indiana General Assembly never officially adopted one. Indiana's unofficial nickname is "The Hoosier State". A word of unknown origin, Hoosier is the official demonym for the people of Indiana. The state has had several unofficial marketing slogans through the years, including "Restart Your Engines" (2006–2014), "Honest-to-Goodness Indiana" (2014–2022), and most recently, "IN Indiana".
Indiana's unofficial state soil, Miami, is a brown silt loam found widely across the state. The soil is productive for cultivation, contributing to the state's robust agricultural economy. The Indiana Senate approved a resolution naming water as the official state beverage in 2007. Sugar cream pie (or "Hoosier Pie") was designated the "unofficial state pie" in 2009.