The game of lacrosse originated among native North American peoples, where its symbolism reveals its affinity with warfare and highlights the relationship between game and battle. For the Iroquois, the game’s sacred associations are linked to the seven Thunder Gods whose powers support both war and healing. Today lacrosse is stilled played in some communities to heal the sick. Iroquois, Cayuga, Six nations Reserve.
Penn Museum object #s 53-1-17, 53-1-18, 53-1-19.
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