Everyone that plays lacrosse and enjoys watching the sport should know where the game came from. On Saturday, June 19, the Institute for American Indian Studies located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington, Connecticut, is hosting, Alfie Jacques from the Onondaga Turtle Clan. Alfie has made more than 80,000 wooden sticks over the past fifty-plus years.
There will be two outdoor in-person interactive sessions, at 1 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. Alfie will discuss the history of the game as well as the many types of sticks used throughout North America. Pre-registration for this event is required and is available on the Institute’s website and is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for children, and $5 for members.
Lacrosse originated with the Nations of the Iroquois or Haudenosaunee Confederacy, where it is known as the “Creators Game” or the “Medicine Game,” because it promotes health and strength. Today, many people throughout the world enjoy Lacrosse.
About Alfie Jacques
Before mass-produced plastic lacrosse sticks, all sticks were made from wood. Alfie Jacques of the Onondaga Nation Turtle Clan is a world-class lacrosse player who is in the Ontario Hall of Fame is one of the few remaining traditional Native American stick makers. He learned the craft of stick making from his father, the late Louis Jacques, Mohawk. Alfie has worked on perfecting the techniques he learned from his father for many years. Each stick is made from a single piece of hickory wood that can take up to ten months to complete. Those that love the sport purchase most of Alfie’s sticks or are collectors, because wooden sticks are rarely used in today’s competitive games. Those that do use them consider wooden handcrafted lacrosse sticks the “soul of the game.”
Alfie is continuing a tradition for new generations of Native American lacrosse players, and his demonstration at the Institute offers a rare opportunity to understand the cultural heritage of lacrosse from a different perspective.
About The Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS)
Located on 15 woodland acres the IAIS preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. We have an outdoor replicated 16th c. Algonkian Village, the award-winning Wigwam Escape, and a Museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut.