Modern day lacrosse descends from and resembles games played by various Native American communities.

These include games called dehuntshigwa’es in Onondaga (“men hit a rounded object”), da-nah-wah’uwsdi in

Eastern Cherokee (“little war”), begadwe in Mohawk language (“little brother of war”), baaga`adowe in Ojibwe (“bump hips”) 

and kabucha in Choctaw.


Lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports in North America. There is evidence that a version of lacrosse originated in what

is now Canada as early as the 17th century. Native American lacrosse was played throughout modern Canada, but was most

popular around the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic Seaboard, and American South.


Read more about lacrosse here.


Lacrosse demonstration activities take place on the Gathering Place Stage on the North End of the grounds (US Cellular Stage).

The Honor Game takes place in Urban Park (the island across from the Summerfest grounds on the lake.)