Although its origin cannot be confirmed, this war lance may have belonged to Cloud Chief, an influential Southern Cheyenne chief. The bravest Cheyenne went into battle not with firearms, but with a club or a lance like the one pictured. Shooting the enemy from a distance with a rifle was not considered an act of bravery. A courageous warrior touched or struck his enemy without killing him, an act known as "counting coup." After battle, Cheyenne men gathered in camp to tell stories of counting coup; lying about the number of coups counted was considered shameful.
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