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Frank Belleau – The Smart As Trees Podcast

Adrian V 18 August 2023 1621 129 4

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Frank Belleau, of Garden River First Nations, is a man of many talents with an especially deep spiritual connection to baaga’adowewin, lacrosse in the English language, a game that is traced back almost 1,000 years. Native oral traditions tell us that lacrosse was first played between birds and mammals, that the sport was a gift from the Creator to be used for enjoyment and as medicine, and beyond serving as a ritual ceremony lacrosse was often used to settle disagreements between tribes.

Frank Belleau

Painting by: George Catlin

 “Lacrosse is part of that story of our creation, of our identity, of who we are, so, when we play the game, we always say that there’s a simultaneous game going on in Sky World and our ancestors are playing with us.”

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