June Artifact of the Month

Artefact: Lacrosse Stick

Year: 1930s

Number: 88.28.01

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June is National Aboriginal History Month. This started in 2009 with the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons.



Lacrosse is a cultural tradition of the Iroquois people who inhabited what is now lower Ontario and Quebec. Early lacrosse games, which took place during the 12th century, were played as a ceremonial ritual. Lacrosse inspired a deep spiritual connection with the goal to bring glory and honour to themselves and their tribes.

The modern version of lacrosse developed during the 19th century and has become popular in North America ever since.

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