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Jun2017

 

Artefact: Lacrosse Stick
Year: 1930s
Number: 88.28.01

June is National Aboriginal History Month. This started in 2009 with the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons. Learn more about the contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada, visit: https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1466616436543/1466616481533

Lacrosse is a cultural tradition of the Iroquois people who inhabited what is now lower Ontario and Quebec. Early lacrosse games, which took place during the 12th century, were played as a ceremonial ritual. Lacrosse inspired a deep spiritual connection with the goal to bring glory and honour to themselves and their tribes.

The modern version of lacrosse developed during the 19th century and has become popular in North America ever since.