Hay-Lush-Ka Honor

of the Algonquin Longhouse, Inc. NFP

 

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.

The Hay-Lush-Ka Chief in each Nation can help guide new members through the tasks they must complete to earn this honor.  This document will help explain the tasks in detail as well.

The following video clips were prepared to assist our Parents and Kids as they work to complete two of the last three tasks that must be demonstrated before their tribe first and then the Hay-Lush-Ka Council in order to earn the right to be called Hay-Lush-Ka.

Click on a link to view the associated movie directly in your web browser.  To save the movies to your hard drive and view them locally (so that you can quickly view them multiple times, or size them larger), right-click the link and choose "Save Link As" or "Save Target As".

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        The Algonquin Longhouse has awarded the Hay-Lush-Ka honor for many years.  The clips to the left were created in December 2007 by volunteers from our Chiricahua and Croix Nations:
  • Howling Wolf and his daughter Little River
  • Big Buck and his son Half-a-Buck
  • Big Thunder with his daughter Little Raindrop and son Thunder Cheetah.

These clips could not have been made without generous support and assistance from the folks at Maxim Entertainment for filming and producing the video:

Maxim Entertainment
2400 West Hassell Road, Suite 430
Schaumburg, IL 60195
(847) 490-2101

A few years ago, Fuzzy Star and his son Shooting Star of the Chiricahua Nation created the following video clips as well.  These older clips were created with the generous support and assistance of Pat DeFilippo of PD Post Productions.

PD Post Productions, Inc.
(847) 275-5671


Broadband:

Intro
Aim 1
Aim 2
Aim 3
Aim 4
Aim 5
Aim 6
Stealth Step
Drag Step
Stomp Step
Canoe Step
Closing
 
       
Dial-up:

Intro
Aim 1
Aim 2
Aim 3
Aim 4
Aim 5
Aim 6
Stealth Step
Drag Step
Stomp Step
Canoe Step
Closing