Youth Lacrosse Shirt


Youth Lacrosse Shirt

Lacrosse is the oldest sport played for the Creator. We call it the creator’s game, because it has ceremonial, medicinal, and spiritual meaning.  The playing of lacrosse is said to promote life.  Native American people across Turtle Island, North America, played variations of it long before Europeans arrived.  It is however, The Hodinöhsö:ni’ version that has evolved into modern lacrosse.

The name Lacrosse came in 1637 when a French Jesuit missionary, Father Francois Joseph Le Mercier coined the term in his memoirs of seeing the game for the first time.  From his prospective, he saw natives playing with sticks similar to the Croster French priests used.  La-cross meaning a Christian cross.  And the name stuck. The Hodinöhsö:ni’ call lacrosse  Dewa’ëö’ which means there is netting on it referring to the stick.

Lacrosse has also been called “little brother of war”.  The reason is when the Hodinöhsö:ni’ Confederacy was formed, the 5 nations buried their weapons of war.  When a dispute arose between these nations, they would settle their differences on the playing field instead of a battle field.  In early times, the game was played on a field 500 yards wide and 1 or 2 miles long.  Sometimes there were 100 up to 1,000 players.  A game could last all day or for a couple of days.  Players played with wooden sticks, no protective gear, and no boundary lines.  Strategies included mass attack; players were sometimes severely injured or killed.  In 1856, Dr. Beers, a Canadian dentist, founded the Montreal Lacrosse Club.  He codified the game, shortened its length, and reduced the number of players to 10.  A lacrosse team of Native and Non-Native players soon touted England and France, and established teams there.

Lacrosse is much more than a game.  It is as much a part of the culture as language, customs, and tradition.  There is a religious significance attached to it.  Newborn Hodinöhsö:ni’ receive tiny lacrosse sticks as babies.  Children begin playing the game almost as soon as they can walk.  Sticks are treated as a living, breathing member of the family.

Through the years, Lacrosse has gained popularity among non-natives.  In 1880, the Six Nation teams were banned from international competition because rule keepers said these teams were “professional”. The prohibition of the Native game of Dewa’ëö’ lasted for over a century.  In 1983, native teams were again allowed to compete internationally.  By 1990, The Iroquois National Lacrosse Club, coached by Oren Lyons of the Onondaga Nation, who formed the Iroquois Nationals team in 1983 had become a world-class lacrosse team.  The Iroquois Nationals were victorious over England at the 1998 World Games in Australia.  This team played in World Championships between 1998-2006.  Today, people play indoor called Box Lacrosse, or outdoor called field lacrosse in the U.S. alone.

The World Championship of Lacrosse began in the 1960’s.   Today, many teams from around the world compete.  It is now enjoyed among all nationalities and creeds.


Youth Lacrosse Shirt

Sizes: Youth Small-Youth XL

100% Cotton

Artist: Tami Watt, Seneca

Additional information

Weight1 lbs

Small, Medium, Large, X-Large


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