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Baggataway is an ancient native North American Indian ball and stick team game, from which the modern game of lacrosse developed.
The ancient game of Baggataway was extremely violent, being not only a tribal recreation but a means of fittness and also it was used to train warriors for battle, as one of the name translations indicates “The little brother of war”.
Baggataway was played using carefully shaped long handled sticks made of Hickory that had taught nets on the end generally made of Elm bark or deer hide, (resembled a crude long handled squash racket). The ball was a hair-stuffed deerskin shaped ball.
The game was played to suit the circumstances, It is claimed many hundreds and even thousands of individuals would participate in single events which could last days, and the fields of play could cover from an acre to many several miles in size. Often players were killed or maimed. The goal was often to incapacitate as many of the opponent team as possible. Events would be preceded by great festivals and religious ceremonies.
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