Lacrosse is a game that is played on both sides of the Atlantic, but looks different in each place. It originally comes from Native American tradition, primarily that of the Iroquois. Before the arrival of Europeans, this tribe made its home in what is now New York state, and its neighbors, and their democratic and federalized Iroquois Confederacy, provided the Founding Fathers with a model on which to base the Articles of Confederation and later the Constitution. Given that they inspired American democracy, it's no surprise that they also inspired American sports!
The Iroquois version of the game was played with many dozens of players and lasted several days. It had a strong spiritual component and was about celebrating the Creator. It received its English name via the French, "la crosse", literally meaning, "the stick." While it used to be really quite meaningful, these days, lacrosse is a lot more about beating the holy hell out of your opponent - unless you're playing the women's game in which case bodily contact is more highly regulated.
How well do you know the history, rules, and culture of this rather violent but also rather fun game? It's time to put your knowledge to the test!
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