In many native American societies or tribes, the game was played to resolve conflicts, heal the sick, develop strong, virile men and prepare for war. Legend tells of games with more than 100 players from different tribes taking turns to play. It could be played on a field many miles in length and width (present day lacrosse is played on a field 60 yards wide and 110 yards long); sometimes the game could last for days.
Lacrosse played significant role in the community and religious life of tribes across the continent for many years. Early lacrosse was characterized by deep spiritual involvement, befitting the spirit of combat in which it was undertaken. Those who took part did so in the role of warriors, with the goal of bringing glory and honor to themselves and their tribes. The game was said to be played "for the Creator" or was referred to as "The Creator's Game."
Ethan plays on St. Edward's Lacrosse team and I got to be the photographer for their games this past weekend. I had a lot of fun and wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures from the games:
Harrison with his "mad LAX flow"
over and out!