August 22, 2015
History Day At Sainte-Marie Among The Hurons
On Sat. Aug. 22 we ran a "Lacrosse History Day" at Sainte-Marie Among The Hurons in Midland, Ontario. Midland is where the Jesuit Priest Brebeuf made the first written record of the game in 1637. This is the second year of running a history and culture event in Midland. Visitors to the facility took in lectures on the evolution of the game from Medicine Game to Sport, saw guest Alf Jacques display his incredible stick-making, and learned the basics of game from NLL Stars Andrew Suitor (New England Blackwolves) and Chad Culp (Buffalo Bandits). Midland is looking at creating an annual event to honour the history of the game.
August 5, 2015
Unbelievable Scotland Launch and now on to Lake Placid Festival
Hello Lacrosse History Fans,
We are pleased to say that the launch of "Women Play Lacrosse: A History of the International Field Game" at the beautiful Edinburgh Balmoral Hotel could not have been better. We had an enthusiastic international full house featuring everyone from the august international builders of the Women's Game to relative newcomers from Japan and Colombia.
FIL President Stan Cockerton thanked hosts Peter Roy and Bruce Hertzfelder for the event. St. Leonards Historian Jane Claydon gave a wonderful history of the school which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. England Lacrosse CEO Mark Coups provided background on the formation of the Levick Boyd Archive at the University of Bedfordshire in England. Almost $1,500 was raised for the Archive from the sale of the book and an auction.
Co-Authors Ron Fletcher and Jim Calder spoke about the contents of the book and thanked all the people from around the world that contributed to its publishing.
On the field, we were witness to "Upset Saturday" with New Zealand upending Japan to finish 5th in the world tournament – moving all the way up from 11th place going in. England secured a hard fought bronze off of Australia. And the final game was nailbiting – with Canada winning its first gold ever in a 9-8 victory over the powerhouse USA. Hats off to Colombia for winning two games at its first international competition.
Fletcher and Calder then took a couple of days R&R and visited the Calder homestead in Inverness – the amazing Cawdor Castle. We can't say enough about the Scottish pubs!
Upon return to Ontario, Calder set up the LTAG Booth at the Ontario Lacrosse Festival for 2 days, and is heading to Lake Placid for the Summit Classic for Friday Aug. 7-9th.
Look for Calder at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Onondaga in late September, and at Sainte Marie Among The Huron in Midland, Ontario for a Lacrosse History Day on Saturday, August 22nd.
Love the history....love the game!
"Women Play Lacrosse: A History of the Internation Field Game" - NEW BOOK LAUNCH
"Women Play Lacrosse - A History of the International Game" will be launched to the international community at the 2015 FIL U19 Women's World Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland. The book will be sold in limited quantities at the main site from July 29th - Aug 1 while supplies last. Look for the booth of the same name.
Checkout some reviews:
"The roots of women’s field lacrosse lie in Great Britain, but today’s game is truly global, with an exciting Olympic future. Its history is like no other in sport. This book introduces readers to the key events and personalities that shaped the sport’s illustrious past. It also offers insiders’ insights into what lies ahead. Discover the history of one of the world’s fastest-growing sports!"
"This book is a must-have for anyone who calls themselves a women’s lacrosse player, fan or enthusiast. To understand this special sport is to understand the special people, places and moments in time that have shaped it."
A New Book On The History of International Women's Lacrosse
"Women Play Lacrosse – A History of the International Field Game" is the first book to capture the 125 plus years of history in women's field lacrosse.
"Lacrosse – The Ancient Game" co-authors Jim Calder and Ron Fletcher have compiled some of the most important players, builders and moments in the women's game. Calder says, "We brought most of our team back from the highly successful "Lacrosse – the Ancient Game" and the culmination of three years of work is sure to be of great interest to all lacrosse enthusiasts.
A short list of material covered in the new work includes: the game's early beginnings throughout the British Empire, structure and direction provided by England, early touring on both sides of the Atlantic, survival of the game through WWII, a look at some of the most famous post-war tours, Title IX and the emergence of the USA as the world power, the creation of world championships and expansion of the game to nations such as Australia, Canada, Japan and the Huaudenosaunne.
Readers will get the inside story on some of the international stars and builders of the game. They'll receive a comprehensive look at the organizations and rules that have governed the amazing growth. "Women Play Lacrosse – A History of the International Field Game" is a must for all women who have played the game and all lacrosse fans that are interested in its history. The book will be available in North America at retail outlets in October 2015. It can be purchased on-line at www.lacrossetheancientgame.com in September, 2015 and a list of retail outlets is available through the site.
Recreated Game - Sat., Sept. 6 1 pm - Huronia Museum in Midland, Ontario
Delmor Jacobs will run a demonstration of how the Creator's Game is played as a Medicine Game. This will be similar to the event held at the Canadian War Museum in 2012 in Ottawa. The Agenda includes the game, skills instruction, and lecture and the price is Free! See you there!
Participants will use traditional equipment and will wear traditional clothing. The event will be narrated in English with some Haudenosaunee. The presentation will communicate the ritual and culture surrounding the game of lacrosse. The outdoor presentation will be approximately 45 minutes, followed by an indoor history and culture lecture at the Huronia Museum. A skills session is provided to newcomers! Four (4) Warriors will circulate through the crowd for pictures and questions on the history of the game.
On The Road...
The last six weeks have seen a whirlwind of travel for LTAG including Denver, Boston, Whitby, Ontario and Lake Placid. It is always a pleasure to meet Lax People and talk history. On more than one occasion I saw people for the second time at another location - we are truly nomadic!
A contribution was made to Latvian Lacrosse based on the proceeds from sales of the book.
NEW - History of the Game On-line Course, through Durham College
Currently I am preparing the first ever On-Line Course for the History of the Game at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. I will include video interviews with many of the native and non-native personalities in the game. The course begins in January, 2015. If you are interested in more information please email me at: email@example.com.
Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Festival
Make sure you attend the Second Annual Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Festival at the Lake in Syracuse, September 27-28. For more information visit www.facebook.com/woodenstickfest.
Meeting Interesting People Along The Way...
I have met some great people in recent travels. Make sure you visit these websites:
Andrew, Joel, (me) and Kyle of Traditional Lacrosse. - www.traditionallacrosse.com.
Mike Call - Sculptor Extraordinaire! - www.mikecallfineart.com.
Seth Berger - www.eastcoastlacrosse.com.
LTAG is pleased to welcome Hogtown Lacrosse and Lax.com to its growing list of retailers.
We are pleased to announce you can now get "Lacrosse - The Ancient Game" at Lacrosse Unlimited and Total Lacrosse Stores.
June 6, 2014
PROUD SUPPORTER OF TEAM LATVIA
L-TAG is pleased to support the efforts of the Latvian Men's Lacrosse Team. They have been met with a financial challenge in attending the
New Posters Available !
Two of your favorite images from the book - now in poster format! Email - firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Appearances and Book Signings
July 15-19 - FIL Lacrosse Men's World Championships
Johns Hopkins University
Show your love of the history of the game! L*TAG Merchandise available through Blue Bison Sports. Great gift ideas for all lacrosse fans !
If you are interested in purchasing the Women's Field Lacrosse Posters please e-mail us at:
Every year thousands of new participants join the ranks of those who are passionate for the most ancient of indigenous games. It is lacrosse, a special game – unique to the world - as it really is the only existing “team” game on the planet that is spiritual in nature. You feel that magical difference immediately when you pick up a stick for the first time.
The Iroquois maintain that we are all related. The game in many ways ties together the various peoples who traded with each other, fought with and against one another, and worked together to form the new world. It survived the unrest and turmoil of nation-building and reminds us of our shared past. It is the Creators Game and it is Lacrosse – the Ancient Game.
Brett Bucktooth – Iroquois Nationals
"For me this game is a gift from our Creator. It's a connection we share with our ancestors. From the wooden stick that's carved from a tree, to the animal hide that's used for the netting, it's a connection with everything around us. With each stick handed down, its a part of our heritage and culture being passed on as well."
Gary Gait – Team Canada, Syracuse University
"While the rules, techniques, equipment and intent of the game have changed significantly since it moved beyond Native American culture, what remains the same at the core of the game — and what makes lacrosse so great — is the exhibition of speed, skill and intelligence demonstrated by the players on the field.This book is a must-have for the true lacrosse enthusiast who wants to understand the history of the game and its incredible origins."
Paul Rabil – Team USA
"The game of lacrosse has given me so much opportunity in my life. I've been given the opportunity to earn a college degree from Johns Hopkins, play professional lacrosse year-round, as well as travel the world from Hawaii, to Italy and England. Among many reasons, lacrosse is my life, and I respect the game tremendously."
Jim Veltman – Team Canada
"When I first heard about this book and its content, I was intrigued. When the book was described to me, I was excited. Now that it is finally published, I am thrilled."
We would like to thank the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation who supported this endeavour through a project that saw the charitable donation of copies of the book to libraries across Canada.
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