Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The President's Nose

At the left is a coup stick.

Counting coup, according to Wikipedia,
was a battle practice of Native Americans of the Great Plains. A nonviolent demonstration of bravery, it consisted of touching an enemy warrior, with the hand or with a coup stick, then running away unharmed. Risk of injury or death was involved, should the other warrior respond violently. The phrase "counting coup" can also refer to the recounting of stories about battle exploits.
A few years ago, I heard about a practice among current Native American men that allows them to prove their courage in these modern times. They rappel down Mt. Rushmore and pee on a president's nose.*

* I read this in a book, but I can't remember which one. Nor could I find anything about it on the Internet. Snopes.com hasn't listed it, so at least it isn't a well known urban myth. I do so hope it's true.


Angela said...

I hope it's true, too, MG. I'd like to do it myself.

Deja Pseu said...

I'd pay to see that!

Anonymous said...

Maybe it was in this book:

"John Fire/Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes, Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972), 91."

Found this in a footnote to a paper on this site:


I seem to recall that Tom Robbins has a similar episode in his book, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues".

...and Happy Thanksgiving!