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The Cherokee Ball Play

By Mooney, James

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Reproduction Date: 2015

Title: The Cherokee Ball Play  
Author: Mooney, James
Volume: Volume III.
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Native American, Cherokee
Collections: Classic Sacred Texts
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Publisher: Sacred Text


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Mooney, J. (1890). The Cherokee Ball Play. Retrieved from

Description: Among their other many cultural gifts to the world, Native Americans contributed the game which later became known as Lacrosse. The Cherokee Ball Play vividly describes the ethnography of this sport with particular attention to its ritual significance. This sport served as means of community social cohesion, an occasion for some big wagers, a surrogate for battle with other villages, and sounds like a great deal of fun. Many of the ceremonial aspects will be familiar to anyone involved with High School football. Some of the practices required a very high tolerance for pain. On a spiritual level the game is a magical battle between shamans, and the rituals and ceremonies used to gain advantage are of great interest. This monograph includes musical notation for some of the songs transcribed by none other than John Phillip Sousa. A short monograph about Ojibwa ball play which was in the same volume as the Mooney article is included as an appendix


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