A set of traditional "woody" style Lacrosse sticks designed & finished by Mohawk Nation artist Yonenyà:kenht Jesse Brant, and shared in yellow 10kt gold.
The Haudenosaunee People are widely credited as the inventors of the game of Lacrosse; however they often say the game was received as a Gift from our first ancestors in the Skyworld. In the Haudenosaunee Creation Story, the Skywomen falls through a large hole in the Skyworld and plummets to the Waterworld below. In one account of the story a lacrosse player shape shifts into a comet and travels alongside Skywoman. Realizing he doesn't have the power to stop her from falling, he instead gifts her with tools she needs to survive; a corn pounder, and his own medicine lacrosse stick. Lacrosse is a medicine game in both the Skyworld and here on Turtle Island and is played to lift the minds of the people and was used traditionally to resolve issues to avoid war.
Today, Lacrosse is recognized as the official summer sport of Canada. It is played at the international level including the National Lacrosse League, and on the World stage where the Iroquois Nationals represent the Haudenosaunee people as their National team, playing national teams from countries around the world. The Iroquois Nationals have served as a long standing assertion of Indigenous National sovereignty as they have traveled to world championships on Haudenosaunee passports in Australia, England, USA, Canada, and most recently Israel in 2018. The Iroquois Nationals field lacrosse team is currently ranked 3rd in the world by the Federation of International Lacrosse.
Tewa'áraton (de-wu'-AW-la-doon) is the Mohawk name for the traditional medicine game of lacrosse.
Tehontsikhwá'ek's (day-hoon-gee-KWA-ex) is the Mohawk name for the modern, organized sports game of Lacrosse.