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The game of Lacrosse has been a mainstay among the Haudenosaunee. The first purpose of the game is spiritual. It is a medicine game to be played upon request of any individual, clan, nation or the Confederacy itself. Iroquois Lacrosse is a holistic process that binds communities and the nations of the Haudenosaunee together. This is the reason that we say it was a gift to our people from the Creator.

Lacrosse is a "medicine" game because it promotes the health and strength of the Nation, ensuring a continuance of our tradition and an understanding of our ways. The competing teams are structured according to the clans of each nation. The game is played upon the request of any individual within the community requiring or desiring its services. There are traditional processes of preparation for the individuals who play. This requires discipline and special instruction. The process includes the understanding and use of traditional medicine gathered from the forests. Accordingly, reverence, respect, responsibility and language are fundamental to the process.

This game is traditionally played by the men but requires the participation of both men and women of the community. It requires cooperation, fair play, discipline, stamina, pride and good health. Originally, the field, with goals at each end, could be anywhere from one hundred yards to two miles long and the players could number anywhere from five to a thousand on a side.

Lacrosse is also considered one of the fastest growing team sports, both in the United States and abroad. In the last decade, the number of high school and youth league teams has increased by 40%, and the number of college and club teams has risen by 55%. This has been accompanied by an increased national awareness of all levels of men's and women's Lacrosse, and a growing interest in the game among countries never before involved.

 
Here are some participation statistics:

 

  • 398 colleges and universities currently offer men's Lacrosse programs. Over 1,500 high schools currently offer men's Lacrosse programs.
  • The annual attendance at Lacrosse events throughout the United States is estimated at 10,000,000.
  • There are over 4,000 youth programs in the USA.
  • There are over 11,000 participants playing Lacrosse on approximately 300 men's and women's post-collegiate club teams throughout the United States.
 


The Iroquois Flag and the Hiawatha Wampum Belt

The Hiawatha wampum belt is comprised of thirty eight rows, having a heart as a great tree in the center, on either side there are two squares, all are connected with the heart by white rows of wampum. The belt is the emblem of unity among the Five Nations.

The first square on the left represents the Mohawk Nation, Keeper of the Eastern Door. The inner square on the left, nearest the heart represents the Oneida Nation. The white tree in the middle represents the Onondaga Nation. This tree also means that the heart of the Five Nations is single in loyalty to the Great Law of Peace. The Great Peace is lodged in the heart, meaning that the Haudenosaunee council fire is to burn at Onondaga, serving as the capitol of the Haudenosaunee. It also means that the authority is given to advance the cause of peace. The inner square to the right of the heart represents the Cayuga Nation. The last square, the one furthest to the right represents the Seneca Nation, known as Keeper of the Western Door.

The two lines extending from each side of the squares of the belt, from the Mohawk and Seneca Nations represents a path of peace that other Nations are welcome to travel, to take shelter beneath the Great Tree of Peace, and join the Iroquois Confederacy.