Coup Sticks and War Paint by Howard Terpning
A coup stick — which could be a bow, rifle, or special stick, usually adorned by a feather – was held by a warrior and carried for the express purpose of touching an enemy. This evidence that the warrior got close enough to his opponent was highly respected, and a man’s reputation as a strong warrior increased with each incident.
In Coup Sticks and War Paint, Howard Terpning’s two Northern Plains warriors and their horses are painted and prepared for battle with their.
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