Hay-Lush-Ka and Eight Feather (Beads)

Hay-Lush-Ka Honor

The word Hay-Lush-Ka is of Winnebago origin, and was used to identify only those braves and princesses of great courage, accomplishment, and value to the welfare of their tribe and Nation.  Hay-Lush-Ka braves and princesses were held in high honor by their fellow braves and princesses, and all strove to be called Hay-Lush-Ka.

The Thunderbird is used to symbolize the Hay-Lush-Ka honor, as it is one of the most significant symbols of Indian lore.  Typically it is a sign of great power, good fortune, and often considered a good luck omen. Many tribes believed that the Thunderbird began their very existence.

To earn the right to be called Hay-Lush-Ka a brave or princess of the Algonquin Federation must complete eleven tasks with their parent.  Each Nation designates their member’s progress with different tokens.  Some award Bear Claws, some Feathers and some Beads.  The first eight are earned and awarded within their tribe.  The last three are also earned within the tribe and then must be demonstrated before a Hay-Lush-Ka Council at a Nation Camp-out.

Only after earning all eleven awards and demonstrating the last three before the Hay-Lush-Ka Council may a Parent-Child pair be called Hay-Lush-Ka.

The Thunderbird on the Algonquin Longhouse Hay-Lush-KA Patch has 8 wing feathers and 3 tail feathers, signifying each of our accomplishments.  It is mounted on an arrowhead background.


Eight-Feather Beads Explanation

For the 8-feather patch, both Brave & Princess need to earn all 8 of the small beads and inform the Nation Chief know.

Small Beads


Purple Starter Welcome!
Yellow Names Know the Indian and Proper names of all the Big Braves and Princesses in your tribe.
Orange Rituals Memorize the slogan, aims and pledge
White Craft Dad and daughter make a craft project for the tribe or nation.  This can be part of the tribal property or nation award for a campout.
Kelly Green Campout Attend a nation campout.
Olive Recruit Get a new father and daughter to join a tribe; either for your tribe, nation. Or bring a dad and daughter to a recruitment event.
Black Songs Sing the songs for your tribe.  The songs required for the bead are “Friendship Always” and “America the Beautiful”.
Blue Nature Walk Attend a tribe or nation overnight campout.   Dad and daughter  walk together through forest or field.  Each will report at the next meeting about interesting nature observations on the walk.
Red Tribal Visit Dad and daughter attend a meeting of another tribe and make a report to their own tribe on the points of interest of the meeting.

After earning the small beads the brave and princess will be recognized at the council fire at a Nation Camp Out.  The brave and princess may then test for Hay-Lush-Ka at a subsequent camp out in front of the Hay-Lush-Ka Chief.


Hay-Lush-Ka Beads Explanation

For Hay-Lush-Ka honors, the small & large beads must all be earned by both Brave and Princess and demonstrate your knowledge to the Hay-Lush-Ka Chief at a Chickasaw Nation camp out.

Large Beads


Tan Identify Nature Dad and daughter collect and be able to identify by sight 10 things of nature. Dad and daughter should collect and mount specimens on 4X6 cards.  On the back of the cards the common names should be written.
Red Sign Aims Dad and daughter explain and demonstrate the Princess Aims using standard Native American Sign Language.
Dark Brown Dance Steps Dad and daughter demonstrate  at least three of the basic Native dance steps.


These accomplishments are recognized at the council fire at the camp outs. For full Hay-Lush-Ka, you must notify the chief with at least a 6 week lead time before the targeted camp out. Your first face paint will be done by the Hay-Lush-Ka chief at the council fire and from then on you will be permitted to have face paint at Nation events and enter the face painting contests.