Counting Coup Inspiration

On a cold and clear morning, about a 1/4 mile NE from Oceti Sakowin Camp, the water protectors were examining the police and DAPL security that had started to assemble on Turtle Island.

It was on November 2, 2016. the day that President Obama stated that the ACoE were considering a re-route of the pipeline throughout months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and 250+  Indigenous Nations from all over the world.

“It was like a scene in a movie,” said one observer.

Showing no fear, a Warrior Protector struts confidently in front of the DAPL police before diving in the water when they try to catch him. This is the Nov 2nd confrontation at Turtle Island as you’ve never seen it.

“Counting coup refers to the winning of prestige against an enemy by the Plains Indians of North America. Warriors won prestige by acts of bravery in the face of the enemy, which could be recorded in various ways and retold as stories.”¬†Killing an enemy at long range counted no coup; winning by overwhelming numbers counted no coup. But the solitary warrior in a headlong battle charge climaxed by harmlessly touching an enemy scored a coup.

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