Counting Coup and Cutting Horses: Intertribal Warfare on the Northern Plains, 1738-1889 by Anthony R. McGinnisCounting Coup and Cutting Horses: Intertribal Warfare on the Northern Plains, 1738-1889 by Anthony R. McGinnis

Counting Coup and Cutting Horses: Intertribal Warfare on the Northern Plains, 1738-1889

byAnthony R. McGinnis

Paperback | November 1, 2010

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Counting Coup and Cutting Horses is the comprehensive history of more than 150 years of intertribal warfare between northern Plains tribes and a study of the complex rivalries that prevailed among the Native societies that migrated into and around the region. It is a sweeping drama about the warriors’ perpetual search for glory—from the plains of Nebraska to the grasslands of Saskatchewan, from the fields of Minnesota to the forests of Montana. It is also about the attempts of private interests (such as fur trading companies) and the U.S. government to control tribal warfare for their own purposes, and, ultimately, to end it.
 
Anthony R. McGinnis consulted a wide variety of sources, including early travelers’ accounts, government reports, and studies by other authorities, to provide a full account of the intricate cultural systems of the Arapahos, Assiniboines, Blackfeet, Sioux, Shoshonis, and Cheyennes. Depicting one of the most fascinating periods in western history, Counting Coup and Cutting Horses describes warriors such as Dull Knife, Plenty Coups, and Sitting Bull; women such as Sacagawea, Deer Little Woman, and Buffalo Calf Road; the cycle of raids and revenge; the impact of horses and guns; and the role of the American and Canadian governments.
Anthony R. McGinnis is a historian and former high school teacher whose research in intertribal warfare has taken him all over the West. He has published articles in numerous historical journals, including the Journal of the West, Montana: The Magazine of Western History, and the Red River Valley Historical Review.
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Title:Counting Coup and Cutting Horses: Intertribal Warfare on the Northern Plains, 1738-1889Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.98 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803234554

ISBN - 13:9780803234550

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
CHAPTER ONE - From Time Immemorial . . . Deadly Enemies: Intertribal Warfare, 1738-1800
CHAPTER TWO - Killed Them Like Birds: Explorers, Traders, and Intensified Warfare, 1804-1810
CHAPTER THREE - Very Impatient of Insult: The Growing Complexity of Warfare, 1810-1830
CHAPTER FOUR - Their Name Is A Terror: Warfare in Blackfoot and Crow Country, 1830-1850
CHAPTER FIVE - War Is the Breath of Their Nostrils: The Sioux Advance on the Eastern Plains, 1830-1850
CHAPTER SIX - Disregard Their Treaty Obligations: Early Treaties and the Sioux Advance, 1851-1865
CHAPTER SEVEN - Scourge of the Missouri: Warfare in the Age of Sioux Suzerainty, 1865-1877
CHAPTER EIGHT - Superior in Daring and Enterprise: The Climax of Warfare, 1865-1877
CHAPTER NINE - A Source of Great Apprehension and Anxiety: The End of Sioux Suzerainty, 1877-1881
CHAPTER TEN - Those Days of Which I Now Only Dream: The End of Intertribal Warfare, 1881-1889
Bibliographical Essay
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

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“In preparing this book, Anthony McGinnis consulted a wide variety of sources, including early travelers’ accounts, government reports, and studies by other authorities, to present a comprehensive history of the conflict. Some content has been dealt with elsewhere, though not as sweepingly as here. Most significantly, McGinnis helps to further define the Indians’ motivations and explain their responses to the ideas, products, and events that affected them throughout the culturally critical mid-1800s. . . . Counting Coup and Cutting Horses merits attention as a worthwhile contribution to the field of Indian history.”—Jerome A. Greene, Montana: The Magazine of Western History - Jerome A. Greene - Montana: The Magazine of Western History