Lacrosse Language

Summer is officially upon us, and that means it’s time to pick up our lacrosse sticks for peekitahaminki. In many different parts of our community we have already played the first game of the season and look forward to many more after two long years without it. Here is a quick look at what the…

Lacrosse in Historical Sources

As winter turns to spring, Myaamiaki ‘Miami people’ and their friends put down the threads of winter stories. With the other hand, they pick up lacrosse sticks. Peekitahaminki–lacrosse–is an ancient game in Indian Country, including among Myaamiaki ‘Miami folks.’ There are old records from the colonial period in which Europeans recorded their observations of Miami…

šoohkwaahkiinki ‘Snowsnake’

Over the past years, we’ve been working on reintroducing the game of Šoohkwaahkiinki ‘Snowsnake’ back into the Myaamia community. In šoohkwaahkiinki, players compete to see who can slide a thin piece of shaped wood as straight and as far as possible. Šoohkwaahkiinki can be played on frozen lakes or on a flat field covered in…