St Regis Lacrosse Team 1867


from the Musee McCord: 

The elite – mainly men of British origin – played an important role in the spread of urban leisure. These newcomers to Canada introduced a variety of pastimes and sports that would establish their traditional way of life in the colonial cities. They adapted their recreation to the North American context, however, and even borrowed games from the local Natives. Lacrosse, long part of the Algonquin and Iroquois cultures, was initially regarded as a game for “the Savages”, but in the 1850s, the British elite adopted it as a competition sport.

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  • WHATLacrosse, known as tewaarathon or baggataway, originated among Native tribes. Early Jesuit missionaries called it jeu de crosse, and European settlers began playing it in the 1830s.
  • WHEREAt the time it came to notice in colonial cities, lacrosse was played primarily on the Caughnawaga (Kahnawake) Reserve near Montreal and the St. Regis (Akwesasne) Reserve near Cornwall.
  • WHENLacrosse was played in the summer, replacing winter snowshoeing.
  • WHOMembers of the St. Regis Lacrosse Club at Akwesasne proudly display their sticks for the photographer.


St Regis Lacrosse Club

St. Regis Lacrosse Club, Montreal, QC, 1867
William Notman (1826-1891)
© McCord Museum

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