American Indian Lacrosse: Little Brother of War (Paperback)
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American Indian Lacrosse: Little Brother of War (Paperback)

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Paperback 376 Pages / Published: 02/01/2008
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To understand the aboriginal roots of lacrosse, one must enter a world of spiritual belief and magic where players sewed inchworms into the innards of lacrosse balls and medicine men gazed at miniature lacrosse sticks to predict future events, where bits of bat wings were twisted into the stick's netting, and where famous players were-and are still-buried with their sticks. Here Thomas Vennum brings this world to life.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801887642
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
In a mix of narrative, interviews, analysis, and tribal lore, Mr. Vennum has crafted a complex and entertaining book... American Indian Lacrosse offers a sweeping new perspective on a game that has functioned, at various times, as symbolic combat ritual, healing ceremony, gambling spectacle, war ruse, and intercollegiate sport. * Washington Times *
Brings the game's cultural complexities and historical roles to life... A major contribution to the cultural history of sport. * American Anthropologist *
This exhaustive, well-documented work serves as a definitive study of the sport in its traditional form. A worthy addition to core subject and Native American collections. * Library Journal *
This book presents a rare account. * Book News *
An important study and a good read... Vennum's writing style is an alluring blend of hygienic academic analysis and historical accounts, narratives and interviews, a style used deliberately throughout the book... His book is a compelling journey into the historical exploration of an old team sport. -- Halvdan Haugsbakken * idrottsforum.org/recensioner *
An interesting recount of the various ways that Indians utilized the game in their cultural, social, and curative worlds. -- Joe Watkins * Journal of Anthropological Research *

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