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The concept for the sculpture
is based on the Painted Hand Casino’s name.
In historical times, Native warriors would often mark an imprint of their
hand on their horses to signify success in counting coup on the enemy.
Counting coup became a tradition for most plains tribes where a warrior
would attempt to touch another warrior with a bare hand or by using a coup
stick. Counting coup was an alternative resolution to deal with a warring
tribe rather than taking the life from a living being. Counting coup on the
enemy was the highest honour a warrior could achieve, and being couped
by the enemy would be devastating and humiliating to a warrior. This
sculpture represents a traditional First Nations game of chance, strategy
and horsemanship that fits well with the casino design and environment.
– Lionel Peyachew, ‘Counting Coup’ artist