The Beads of Tatanka Lodge

To replace missing beads for your coup, go to: Missing Beads.

The lodge has a coup system. The coup is a necklace that has two (plastic) eagle claws in the center and beads signifying the accomplishments of an Arrowman.   The claws are used to show an arrowman’s rank and the chapter he belongs to. Ordeal members  wear their claws pointing outward, brotherhood members turn their claws so that they face together, and Vigil members add a totem representative of their vigil name between their claws. The chapter color goes on the base of the claws. Brotherhood ranks such as Firebuilder, Runner, and Keeper of  the Sacred Bundle are represented by painting yellow, sky blue, and white (respectively) bands on  the tips of the claws. The bands are ¼ inch in width and are only added when that elevation has been achieved.  See the diagrams below.

 

Ordeal
Brotherhood
Vigil
Ordeal
Brotherhood
Vigil

Chapter colors are:
Chaparral – Sky Blue
Cibolo – Green
Comanche Trails – Orange with Silver Stripes
Lone Star – White

The beads are awarded by the lodge as follows:

(Visit with one of our Lodge Advisers for an updated beads list)

PURPLE SQUARE W/STRIPE        LODGE ADVISOR (A)
PURPLE SQUARE                 LODGE OFFICERS
BLUE SQUARE W/STRIPE          LODGE CHIEF (Y)
BLUE SQUARE                   LODGE OFFICERS
ORANGE SQUARE W/STRIPE        CHAPTER ADVISOR (A)
ORANGE SQUARE                 CHAPTER OFFICERS
ORANGE ROUND                  COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
GREEN SQUARE W/STRIPE         CHAPTER CHIEF (Y)
GREEN SQUARE                  CHAPTER OFFICERS            TAN ROUND                     CHAPTER PARTICIPATION                 BLACK ROUND                   EAGLE SCOUT 
GOLD SQUARE                   FOUNDERS AWARD 
PURPLE ROUND                  SPECIAL SERVICE 
TAN FLAT                      UNIT ELECTION TEAM 
BLACK FLAT                    TAP-OUT TEAM (speaking part only)
PURPLE FLAT                    PRE-ORDEAL CEREMONIAL      TEAM (speaking parts only)
WHITE FLAT                     ORDEAL CEREMONIAL TEAM (speaking parts only)
GREEN FLAT                     BROTHERHOOD CEREMONIAL TEAM (speaking parts)
YELLOW FLAT                    CEREMONIAL TEAM
TURQUOISE TURTLE               Indian/Mountain man outfit(1 per ceremony, max 2 per wkend)
CLEAR ROUND                    ELANGOMAT- (Y & A)
REDSQUAREW/STRIPE              ELANGOMAT that gets 50% of his clan to brotherhood
GREEN ROUND                    FELLOWSHIP WEEKEND 
GREEN CYLINDER                 TRADE 5 Green Rounds for 1 set
YELLOW BARREL                  OPEN CAMP SERVICE WEEKEND (MAY)
YELLOWCYLINDER                 TRADE 5 Yellow Barrels for 1 set
FIRE RED BARREL                CLOSE CAMP SERVICE WEEKEND (AUG)
FIREREDCYLINDER                TRADE 5 Fire Red Barrels for 1 set
 LIGHT BLUE FLAT               VIGIL WEEKEND (JAN)
LIGHTBLUESQUARE                TRADE 5 sets light blue flat for 1 set
REDCYINDER                     ORDEAL MASTER (PERSON IN CHARGE OF WKEND)
RED FLAT                       TASKMASTER (1 SET PER WKEND, Y & A)
BLUECYLINDAR                  WORK 1ST DAY AT AIR SHOW
BLUEBARREL                  WORK 2ND DAY AT AIR SHOW   
FIRE RED/ORANGE ROUND         COOKS FOR SERVICE 
FIRE RED/ORANGE FLAT      WORK DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY
BLUEROUND                   WORK DISTRICT PUSHMOBILE
WHITEROUND                  ANNUAL POW WOW
REDROUND                    1 YEAR IN OA (dues must be up to date)
REDSQUARE                 TRADE 5 Red Rounds for 1 set to reflect 5 yrs in OA
PINK FLAT W/WHITE SWIRL     NON OA GUESTS
ORANGEFLAT                 MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT
BROWNFLAT           CAMP STAFF-work any long term camp
YELLOW ROUND       1 LONG TERM CAMP (winter camp, summer camp, Jamboree)
YELLOW SQUARE       TRADE 5 sets of Yellow Round for 1 set
WHITE CLYINDAR      INDIAN DANCE TEAM
WOODROUND              ATTENDED A NOAC EVENT
ORANGECLYINDER         ATTENDED A CONCLAVE
BROWNROUND             ATTENDED ANNUAL BANQUET