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Type: Paper
Paper Title: LACROSSE AND THE BORDER: THE 'LITTLE BROTHER OF WAR' MEETS THE 'LITTLE SISTER OF SOVEREIGNTY'
Author: IAN KALMAN   
Date/Time: Thu., 9:00 AM
Co-Author(s): IAN KALMAN 
Abstract: By treating Lacrosse as merely a competitive sport, we fail to recognize its significance as a non-Western model of spatiality and movement. Lacrosse has been, among other things, the ‘little brother of war’, a surrogate for more violent conflict through competitive movement and a site for resistance as microcosm; border crossing has become a ‘little sister of sovereignty’, a location for the indigenous resistance of artificially imposed spatiality and authority. Both are sites of (re) affirmation of difference through kinesthetic determination against opposition. My paper addresses the role of lacrosse in Haudenosaunee National determination as 1. A historical tool used by Iroquois for national recognition and 2. A potential analytic tool for study of alternative ideologies of kinesthetic movement and spatial differentiation. While other scholars have noted the role of sport in evangelizing national consciousness, the decades of Haudenosaunee international competitive presence exemplifies Lacrosse’s role in (inter)national recognition. Dueling frameworks of opposing teams mirror dueling frameworks of imposed colonial constructions and regulation of space opposed to indigenous lived experiences and resistance within that space. The most salient site for this resistance is the imposition of the US/Canadian border, which has been denied by Iroquois Peoples since its inception. Border crossing and lacrosse find common ground as locations for competing notions of identity, spatiality, power and resistance through movement.

Program Number: 2-0215
Session Title: MOVING BODIES, BEING SUBJECTS: ETHNOGRAPHIC, ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL APPROACHES TO MOBILITY
Session Sponsor: Co-Sponsored by Archaeology Division and Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Thu., 8:00 AM-11:45 AM
Organizer(s): MAUREEN MARSHALL (University of Chicago), MICHELLE LELIEVRE (University of Chicago) 
Chair(s): MAUREEN MARSHALL (University of Chicago)  
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