Lacrosse: The National Game of the Iroquois

by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith and Lawrence Migdale

Thirteen-year-old Monte Lyons is an Onondaga Indian who has been playing lacrosse... read more

Thirteen-year-old Monte Lyons is an Onondaga Indian who has been playing lacrosse since he was small. In fact, lacrosse is a family tradition for Monte and his younger brother, Brook: both their father and grandfather have played lacrosse, professionally and internationally. Color photographs show the day-to- day life of Monte and his family, especially as their lives relate to lacrosse. Monte's grandfather, for example, is teaching him to make lacrosse sticks in the traditional way, quite simply because they've found wooden sticks superior to the metal and plastic sticks most people use today. The author includes details about the history of this ancient Iroquois game; the modern rules and equipment (with regional variations); and uses photographs of Monte and Brook in action to demonstrate the skills a good lacrosse player needs to master. (Ages 8-14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998

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