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The Creator's game, lacrosse, identity, and Indigenous nationhood, by Allan Downey

Label
The Creator's game, lacrosse, identity, and Indigenous nationhood, by Allan Downey
Language
eng
Form of composition
other
Main title
The Creator's game
Oclc number
1104539122
Responsibility statement
by Allan Downey
Sub title
lacrosse, identity, and Indigenous nationhood
Summary
A gift from the Creator - that is where it all began. The game of lacrosse has been a central element of many Indigenous cultures for centuries, but once non-Indigenous players entered the sport, it became a site of appropriation - then reclamation - of Indigenous identities. Focusing on the history of lacrosse in Indigenous communities from the 1860s to the 1990s, 'The Creator's Game' explores Indigenous-non-Indigenous relations and Indigenous identity formation. While the game was being stripped of its cultural and ceremonial significance and being appropriated to construct a new identity for the nation-state of Canada, it was also being used by Indigenous peoples for multiple ends: to resist residential school experiences; initiate pan-Indigenous political mobilization; and articulate Indigenous sovereignty and nationhood on the world stage. The multilayered story of lacrosse serves as a potent illustration of how identity and nationhood are formed and reformed. 2018
Target audience
specialized
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