- A dance of Indian braves before going to war. In the West it was
called "striking the post," or the trunk of a tree from six inches
to a foot in diameter, which was planted in the center of the camp.
War parties usually were made up of volunteers.
The chief who was to command the expedition sent criers through the camp,
beating tom-toms and calling on all warriors to come up to the post.
The entire camp would become aroused, and the warriors who volunteered
would circle the post and strike it with a weapon or a coup stick.
As the dancers became more excited, others
would join the circle. After a warrior had struck the post nothing
but death or the worst kind of illness could keep him from fulfilling his
vow, as it was a matter of honor with him to accompany the war party.
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