- Bands of picked warriors of the Plains tribes. These war groups
usually took their names from animals, and each society had its own dances,
songs, costumes, and insignia. At all tribal meeting, ceremonial
hunts, or war expeditions they assumed charge and were not only participants,
but police and guards as well.
The Dog Soldiers among the Cheyenne were
considered among the bravest of the warrior bands, and won such a reputation
that all societies of other tribes became known to the white man by this
name. But these societies are believed to have started among the
Crow Indians, who had from four to twelve warriors groups. The Kiowa
had six, including one known as the Rabbits, composed of boys from ten
to twelve, who were trained in the future duties of warriors. The
Rabbits had a dance that resembled the hop of the rabbit.
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