Photostory #114: At St-Regis Reserve: 14,440 Sticks to Play Baggataway
National Film Board of Canada
July 16, 1957
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
When Christopher Columbus discovered America, the Indians of the Six Nations were already banging away at a game they called haggataway! The French settlers called this sport lacrosse because the curved stick used by the players resembled a bishop's crozier in shape. This rugged sport, played outdoors and indoors, was regarded for a long time as Canada's national game. The only lacrosse stick manufacturing plant in Canada is owned and operated by Mohawk Indians, at Cornwall, in Ontario.