'Ball Play on the Ice', North America, 1847.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

'Ball Play on the Ice', North America, 1847.

Wagstaff, C E

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Engraving by C E Wagstaff and J Andrews after Captain Seth Eastman, US Army, showing the traditional Native American game of baggataway being played on a frozen lake. French settlers renamed the game lacrosse, after the stick or 'crosse' which resembles a bishop's crosier, and which has a small net to hold the ball. Illustration from 'Information respecting the history, condition and prospects of the Indian tribes of the United States. Part 2' by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793-1864), published in Philadelphia in 1847.



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