Research Paper On Lacrosse

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Lacrosse is possibly one of the oldest sports still played on the planet. There is a broad history of the sport, including early play by Native Americans and how the sport has developed and become as modernized as it is today. Native Americans of nations that reside in present day Quebec and New England, such as the Iroquois, are believed to have begun to play the sport around the 15th century. When French settlers arrived in the Americas in the early 17th century, the sport had spread to the Great Lake regions, and tribes such as the Sauk, Fox, Winnebago, Dakota, Chippewa and Menominee all played a variation of the game. They played with a single 3 foot long stick, with basic small heads and pocket areas. Southeastern tribes such as the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminoles played with two sticks for each player, each one around 2 and a half feet long, similar to the ones used by tribes of the Great Lakes region. Northeastern tribes consisted of the Iroquois' five nations that existed at the time, which included the Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca, Cayuga, and Oneida. Natives in this area played with longer sticks around 3 feet in length, with a triangular head including leather strings and…show more content…
The games lasted for up to days at a time, and winning tribes gained treasures and good fortune for pleasing their "Creator". The natives believe that every game of lacrosse they play is for the Creator, their worshiped omniscient God, who they believed introduced the game to the very first tribesmen. The games were violent, and played by native male warriors of the tribes. Severe injuries and sometimes death was all part of the game. Many French settlers were appalled by the brutality of the tradition, but were nonetheless attracted to its

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