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

Wagstaff, C E

'Ball Play on the Prairie', North America, 1847.
3 5 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Description

Engraving by C E Wagstaff and J Andrews after Captain Seth Eastman, US Army, showing the traditional Native American game of baggataway. 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. The Iroquois Nation in Canada have been successful in international lacrosse tournaments during the 20th century. 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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