Women’s lacrosse league incorporates Haudenosaunee story into renaming of teams

New league jerseys

By Sam Laskaris Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A British Columbia-based women’s lacrosse league has found a way to recognize the sport’s Indigenous roots. The Arena Lacrosse League (ALL) West Division, which will begin its second season of operations this December, will feature six teams. All of the clubs for the coming season will feature names from animals taken from the story of The Great Ball Game, the Bear, Deer, Turtle, Hawk, Bat and Flying Squirrel. This story, according to Haudenosaunee oral tradition, tells a tale of how the very first game of lacrosse was not played by humans, but was a contest featuring winged creatures against four-legged animals. They are all creatures with their own individual qualities, and the lesson from the story is that everyone has a contribution to…

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