Why was lacrosse so important to the iroquois?

Lacrosse was an important tradition to the Iroquois Indians can anyone explain it to me a little better?

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  • Che_G.
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    1 decade ago
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    Lacrosse is the mortal version of the spiritual game played by the Spirit elders, it transcends language, food, sex and the confines of biology. It is still in the present and not of the past.

    Source(s): Onkwehonweh niatiato:re
  • 1 decade ago

    All Indian tribes, and world cultures, have leisure activities. They are mostly designed for practical uses and training.

    For this example, the Iroquois played Lacrosse for their hunters and warriors to increase strength and endurance, as well as build a strong relationship between their men. This resulted in stronger family ties and more resilient fighters, when a war with a neighboring tribe was called for.

    Also, there is the entertainment value. They didn't have the things we have today, such as computers, TVs, gyms, theme parks, movies, etc... So this was a good way to spend time.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    this was so interesting, i felt compelled to look it up. thanks for posting it. here goes.

    When the first people of America started playing lacrosse centuries ago, the game served many purposes. It was played to amuse the Creator, to train young men for war, and to settle disputes between tribes. The game was played by tribes in all parts of the United States and Canada; it was played by the Mexican Kickapoo in Texas, the Seminole in Florida, the Bungi in Manitoba, the Cherokee in Tennessee, and the Passamaquoddy in Maine. The game was called Baggattaway, meaning they bump hips by the Algonquin tribe, and Tewaarathon, meaning little brother of war, by the Iroquois tribe.

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