The Great Seal of the State of North Dakota is an attractive blend of images, symbols, and text. Prairies, mountains, agriculture, and the state’s Indian heritage are all depicted on the official seal. In the center of the seal stands a single oak tree in the middle of wide open territory. A buffalo, followed by an Indian on horseback, moves across the land. Bundles of harvested wheat and a farmer’s plow stand near the oak tree. A bow and arrows, and a sledge and anvil complete the scene. The motto “Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable” arcs over forty-two stars, symbolizing North Dakota’s union with the other states. Around the perimeter of the seal are the date that North Dakota gained statehood, October 1st, 1889, and the words “Great Seal, State of North Dakota”.