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FIL World Lacrosse Championships

FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships

September 18th- 27th, 2015

The American Indian Program is proud to support the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships games hosted by the Onondaga Nation in Syracuse, NY. The  game plays a significant role in many facets of Haudenosaunee culture. This international championship--the first being hosted by a Native nation--provides an opportunity for a focused consideration of the game's role within Native communities, not merely as a means of exercising self-determination, but as an active articulation of sovereignty.


History of Lacrosse

"The traditional game of lacrosse is sacred to the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse), or more commonly identified as Iroquois, and is known to the Onondaga as, Dehontsigwaehs (Dey-hoon-chee-gwa-ehs) a traditional word translated as 'They bump hips'. The original game is considered to be of divine invention, and within the cosmology of the Haudenosaunee it is said to have originated in the land of our Creator 'on the other side of the stars'. The traditional ceremonial game was given exclusively to the male population as a gift from the 'Creator' for healing and the proper acknowledgments and applications of mind, body and spirit. The traditional ceremonial game is designed and played, in direct patronage to honor his will, which, is always for the benefit of all of creation."

Promotional event for lacrosse players
Ansley Jemison, photographed at a press conference with Cornell Lacrosse Players who support WILC_2015, September 3, 2015.


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