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`adowein 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.


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Lacrosse demonstration activities take place on the Gathering Place Stage on the North End of the grounds in the Gathering Place area. The Honor Games take place in Urban Park (the island across from the Summerfest grounds on the lake.)