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Indian Lacrosse Players

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Title: Indian Lacrosse Players
Description: Indians with ball-playing equipment, believed to be used in the game of Lacrosse. (Plate 21) "In devoting a few of the last pages of this work to some of the principal amusements of the North American Indians, I have commenced with the beautiful game of Ball, decidedly the favorite and most exciting game of the American tribes. Amongst the forty-eight tribes which I have visited, I find the game of Ball everywhere played; and to any great surprise, by tribes separated by a space of three thousand miles, played very nearly in the same manner; the chief difference consisting in the different construction of the ball-sticks used-the modes of laying out the ground- and painting and ornamenting their bodies. In most of the tribes there are certain similar regulations as to dress, ornaments, etc., which no one is allowed to depart from; and in the three portraits given in the illustration here, these peculiar and general modes are all set forth."

Image ID: 23639
Catlin, George
Rare Books
Genre: Print
Image source: Catlin, George. Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. From Drawings and Notes of the Author, Made during Eight Years' Travel amongst Forty-Eight of the Wildest and Most Remote Tribes of Savages in North America. (London: Geo. Catlin, 1844). This image is also viewable in the American Journeys online edition of Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio.
Subjects: Social life and customs
Body marking
Clothing and dress

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