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Stapleford Lecture

Tue., Mar. 17, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Location: Luther Auditorium

The Creator's Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood

Presented by Dr. Allan Downey, Dakelh (Nak'azdli Whut'en)
Associate Professor in the Department of History and Indigenous Studies Program
McMaster University

In Haudenosaunee culture the game of lacrosse is understood to be a gift from the Creator and it has been a central element of North American Indigenous cultures for centuries. The game has undergone a considerable amount of change since the introduction of non-Indigenous players in the 1840s. From that point on, the game was appropriated from Indigenous peoples and molded into a sport stripped of its original cultural and ceremonial significance, reframed instead to exemplify Victorian Anglo values.

While the game was being appropriated and used to construct a new identity for those that identified with the nation-state of Canada, this presentation will demonstrate it was also at the centre of Indigenous forms of resistance to residential school experiences, a site of pan-Indigenous political mobilization in the first half of the twentieth century, and important venue for articulating Indigenous sovereignty on the world's stage in the second-half of the twentieth century.

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