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Our Grandfathers told us many stories that would relate to lacrosse and how one should conduct themselves and the importance of the INDIVIDUAL to the game Lacrosse was a gift to us from the Creator to be played for his enjoyment and as a medicine game for healing the people The Haudenosaunee people know that all creatures no matter how big or small are significant and have a contribution to make to the overall cycle of life Long ago our we were told the following story about a great ball game that took place between the four-legged animals and the winged birds The captains for the four-legged animals were The Bear - whose weight overpowers all opposition The Deer - whose speed and agility to stop and go made him invaluable to the team and The Great Turtle - who could withstand the most powerful blows and still be able to advance towards the opposition The captains for the winged birds were The Owl - who excelled in the ability to keep his eye on the ball no matter what position or direction the ball may be traveling The Hawk and Eagle - both excell in quick swift movements These three represented all the winged animals While the birds were preparing for the game they noticed two small creatures hardly larger than a feather climbing up a tree where the winged leaders were perched Upon reaching the top they humbly asked the captains to be allowed to join the lacrosse game The Eagle easily noticing that they were a squirrel and a mouse inquired as to why they didnt ask to join the animal team The little creatures explained that they had asked but had been laughed at and rejected because of their small size On hearing their story the bird captains took pity on them but wondered how they could join the birds teams if they
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