Hey, everybody. I could not be more proud to bring this to you This is the inaugural video of the indigenous speakers project. We are gonna tell you the Seneca word for Lacrosse. Special thanks to Cole Reuben. Cole is a member of the Tonawanda Seneca Band, and it’s one of the three entities of the Seneca in the nation and I’m just gonna go ahead and give to him. Tell us your word for Lacrosse.
Dewao. “It has nettings in it.” The medicine game runs deep in our roots. It’s mentioned in our great law, which founded our confederacy. It’s mentioned in our ???, which is a main part of our religion today, and it’s in our creation story where all of our life began. So, to us, it’s much more than just a game. It runs really deep.
“dewa•e:o• (day-wawh!-enh-onh!); [Lit. netting on it).
Lacrosse, said to be the Creator’s game, has ceremonial, medicinal, and
religious meaning. The playing of lacrosse is said to promote life. This medicine
game was played to help lift the spirit of then ailing Handsome lake at
Onondaga; where he died shortly afterward, in 1815. The game of lacrosse is
also played for fun, physical fitness, to sharpen teamwork skills, and spiritual
development.” – The Seneca Language Teacher’s Dictionary by Phillys E. Wms. Bardeau
I do wanna give a quick shout-out to Sky Dome Lacrosse (@skydomelacrosse), where you can find Cole Reuben on Instagram. Also, we’re gonna put a couple links to some general information in case you guys would like to learn a little bit more about the Seneca. It is incredibly important to me that this is used as a jumping off point. I would like to feature as many people as I could in this series, so if you have any information, comments, questions, or anything, put it down below, and let’s start a discussion. And, if you would like to be a part of the indigenous speakers project, please email me at email@example.com. Until next time, take care. Keep LAXin’.
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