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Friday, March 1, 2013
We Stand Together Fact #5
choosing to stand together! Here is Daily Fact #5:
In 1843, a group from Montreal became the first
settlers to challenge a First Nations team in the First Nations sport of
lacrosse. The Mohawk players won.
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Lacrosse is one
of Canada’s national sports. It was invented as early as the 12th century by
First Nations Peoples and was played across North America. The game originally
involved hundreds of players and would continue for several days.
French called the game “Lacrosse,” referring to the curved wooden stick that
players used. Various First Nations’ terms reflected the way the sport was
played, including “Dehuntshigwa’es” in the Onondaga language, meaning “men hit a
rounded object” and “Tewaarathon” in the Mohawk language, meaning “little
brother of war”. Rooted in legend and spiritual tradition, the game was also
used to settle arguments between tribes, to build the strength and skill of
young warriors and to celebrate and give thanks to the Gods. Players would take
part in a spiritual ceremony to get ready for the game. This was similar to the
way they would prepare for war.
the early 19th century, lacrosse began to draw the attention of not only the
North American settlers, but Europeans as well. It wasn’t until the 1980s,
however, that First Nations teams were allowed to enter international
competitions, beginning with the Iroquois Nationals team representing the
Haudenosaunee (the Iroquois Confederacy). Today, lacrosse is one of the world’s
fastest growing sports, with more than half a million players around the