2017 / Morning Session
LITTLE BROTHER OF WAR
The game was the forerunner to Lacrosse. The game, which had variants throughout North America, was played in a particularly warlike fashion in the Southeast. Each participant had two sticks: each stick size is two-and- a-half or three-feet in length, with one end bent to make a cup with a leather web. A shallow pocket of animal skin was attached to the loop. The ball was animal hair encased in skin. The number of players to a side varied from region to region.
The object was always to hurl the ball between goal posts set up at either end of a field. The action was pure mayhem, as the player's swing their sticks widely ran, pushed and shoved to gain possession of the ball as it flows throughout the air. Players might be bashed on the head with the sticks or trampled underfoot if they stumbled and fell. Permanent maiming or even death was not an uncommon result of playing this version of Lacrosse.
THE U. S. GOVERNMENT BANNED
STICKBALL AROUND 1900
PREPARING PURIFICATION RITUALS FOR THE GAME