Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: A Coup Stick is... (was Attendance Rewards)
Re: A Coup Stick is... (was Attendance Rewards)
Tue, 7 Sep 1999 21:33:40 EDT
> Anyway, one of the items was a
> 'Coup Stick'. He described it as a stick that a warrior carried with him to
> strike an enemy in battle. To kill at long range with a bow or gun was
> but to strike an enemy at close range showed bravery, thus 'Couting Coup'
> an opponent was a very honorable thing to do.
Lest you come to the wrong conclusion, the Coup Stick was not a weapon.
To "count coup" you had to touch the enemy with the stick leaving him
unharmed and return to your tribe. This showed true bravery, as the brave
was not allowed to carry a weapon while counting coup.