Taylor, Ph. D.
Scalps to Coups: The Impact of the Horse on Plains Indian
How the impact of the horse influenced the lifestyle of the
Plains Indians, is well documented. Much less has been published
on the change of intertribal warfare after the coming of the
horse. Warfare was a decisive cultural element of the Plains
peoples. The transition from a pedestrian to an equestrian
society resulted in a dramatic turn of warfare tactics as well
as in the ethos and status of the warrior.
During the “dog days”, women and children were seldom slain when
enemy villages were attacked. In fact, they were coveted “spoils
of war”. With the introduction of the horse, raiders were not
adverse to killing women, being more interested in procuring the
enemies’ horses. The role of women changed so drastically that
they sometimes went on the warpath themselves and some even
became leaders of war-parties. Furthermore, the significance of
war trophies, which enhanced the rank of the warrior, changed
In this volume, Colin Taylor examines perhaps the most dramatic
and thrilling chapter in the history of the equestrian culture
on the Plains.
Beginning with the “dog days”, he concludes with the outlining
of Indian warrior exploits in World War II.
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83 pages, large format, 80 figs, c. 20 in color, several
published for the first time! Hardbound. Bilingual