Achewon Nimat Lodge 282

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Wampum Beads

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Wampum Beads (reprinted from the Machek N’Gult Chapter newsletter, January 1975):

How many times have you seen someone grab the shirt of the guy with the beads and hiss "Give me my BEAD ! “

Have you ever wondered what all those beads stood for? Well here is a brief history of the Achewon Nimat Wampum Bead system itself.  The bead system was developed in 1970 as a quick and easy way to show what an Arrowman had done in the Lodge and what activities he had attended (it also shows his honor). The beads make a colorful necklace and a good conversation piece.  One bead is received for each activity that the arrowman attends.  The bead system continues to this day and many arrowman treasure their necklaces as a way of remembering their activities in the lodge.

History of the Wampum - Wampum are traditional sacred shell beads of the Eastern Woodlands tribes of the indigenous people of North America. Wampum include the white shell beads fashioned from the North Atlantic channeled whelk shell; and the white and purple beads made from the quahog, or Western North Atlantic hard-shelled clam. Woven belts of wampum have been created to commemorate treaties or historical events, and for exchange in personal social transactions. In colonial North America, European colonists often used wampum as currency for trading with Native Americans.  We get our Wampum Beads from China however.

Small Beads

1 per activity attended


LECM Meeting

Blue, Dark

Lodge Activity (Banquet, etc)

Blue, Light

Section Activity


Chapter meeting (discontinued)

Green, Light

LEC member for one year




Village meeting


Service Project

Multi-color Beads

1 per activity attended


Scout-O-Rama Staff


Lodge or Section training


National OA Conference


Winter camp Awareness Staff

Large Beads


Lodge or Section Plaque


Special Award


E. Urner Goodman Award

Red (1)

Ordeal Honor Member

Red (2)

Brotherhood Honor Member

Red (3)

Vigil Honor Member

Red (4)

Distinguished Service Award