Attack Or Not?
While it's true that the Indians liked to fight it's truer that the "coup" was what made your reputation. In a coup, the warrior would ride up to his enemy and touch him. That was the ultimate act of bravery.
The legendary warrior Eagle In The Sky had 20 coups. His fame was widespread. He did great with the chicks. He could get a girl for less than a pony. He went for number 21 and lost his composure...and his head. This enemy decided to touch him back, with a bullet. Then he was famed as that "crazy fool".
A group of warriors were watching a cavalry patrol. One of the warriors, Fox That Chases Rabbits, said to Buzzard That Eats Roadkill, "Want to attack them, kill them all, and then scalp them? Then we can go whooping and hollering and dancing."
Buzzard That Eats Roadkill whacked Fox That Chases Rabbits across the head with his bow. "Are you nuts? Then what? The only women that show up are the fat, ugly, hairy ones. Would you let your good-looking daughter go to one of our victory dances?"
"No, I guess not. What do you mean hairy? We In- Native Americans don't have hairy bodies."
"These women do. What's that tell you? Besides the fact that you drink too much firewater. Then there's Big Belly Bear. He's so fat he's still dancing even after he stops. The hairy women like him though. He once broke Chief No Nose's nose with that gut."
"Then you're saying we shouldn't attack the cavalry?"
"No, we still do it. But, we don't tell anyone."