Lacrosse has its 1100 AD origins in a tribal game played by eastern Woodlands Native Americans and by some Plains Indians tribes in what is now Canada. European colonists were intrigued by lacrosse and betting on games became common, and around 1740 many French colonists were taking up the game.

The Name Game… French: le jeu de la crosse (“the stick”), Onondaga: dehuntshigwa’es (“men hit a rounded object”), Eastern Cherokee: da-nah-wah’uwsdi (“little war”), Mohawk begadwe (“little brother of war”), Ojibwe: baaga`adowe (“bump hips”).

 

Past American Pastime

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