A vintage engraving of a 19th century lacrosse game between Canadians and Iroquois. Getty Images

The spread of Lacrosse

In the 1800s, French and British colonizers observed and took an interest in the game, gradually adapting it to their liking. The sport's popularity grew, and by the 1900s, lacrosse had become an iconoclassic sport in Canada, with the first national governing body formed in 1867.

In 1932, the International Lacrosse Federation was established, and the game began to spread globally. Today, lacrosse is played in more than 60 countries, including the United States, France, England, Australia, and Israel.

Lacrosse continues to evolve, and new rules and equipment innovations have transformed the sport over the years. Today, the game is primarily played with mesh webs, synthetic sticks, and rubber balls, but popular variations include box lacrosse, women's lacrosse, and field lacrosse.

Today, lacrosse is a sport known for its speed, agility, and athleticism. Yet, the game has deep roots, so much so that its original meaning still lies within the very spirit of the game. However, the traditional role it held in some Indigenous communities has yet to be fully recognised in modern mainstream lacrosse. Nevertheless, as we move forward, we must continue to respect the game's unique cultural history and support the inclusion and appreciation of the sport in its many varied and culturally significant forms.