Spotted Tail and Coups

“An Indian who made two or three ‘coos’ was a hero. When he could claim half a dozen he was a war chief. He was generally killed before he got any more. Shan-tag-alisk [Spotted Tail] was the greatest of the warriors of the Sioux nation, at that time, and counted more ‘coos’ than any other one in the nation. He said, ‘I count twenty-six coos.’ He was a quick, nervy, feminine-looking Indian of only medium size and height, and about forty years of age.”