Did Indians Really Whoop and Holler When they Attacked, or is that Just Something in the Westerns?

Did Indians really whoop and holler when they attacked, or is that just something in the Westerns?

Liz Duncan,
Batesville, Arkansas

This answer comes from True West Moments on Encore’s Westerns Channel. Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell, who hosts it, told viewers: “Yep, the Indians did yell when attacking an enemy, but they weren’t alone. Armies throughout history have used their vocal chords to terrorize their enemies (check the biblical story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho). The Rebel Yell is famous in the Civil War for utilizing a treble scream, and when multiplied by thousands can create both a positive force for the attackers and unnerve the defenders.”

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