Counting coup: the winning of prestige in battle by the Plains Indians; warriors won prestige by acts of bravery in the face of the enemy, and these acts could be recorded in various ways and retold as stories



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PrepUS History

Unit 6 – America Expands



The Real West: Sitting Bull and the Great Sioux Nation
Before we begin watching the film The Real West, review the following vocabulary:
counting coup: the winning of prestige in battle by the Plains Indians; warriors won prestige by acts of bravery in the face of the enemy, and these acts could be recorded in various ways and retold as stories; any blow struck against the enemy counted as a coup, but the most important acts included touching an enemy warrior with the hand, bow, or with a coup stick and escaping unharmed



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