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Baggataway or the “Creator’s Game,” as it was called by the native tribes, was practiced by them as early as the 1400s. A synthesis of military preparation and religious ritualism, the game was invented and played by Huron, Algonquin, Mohawk, Onondaga, Ojibwe and other Iroquois tribes inhabiting mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes areas.
Baggataway was suitable for the tremendous athletic skill young Iroquois men boasts. The event lasts for days at a stretch from morning to evening. Between 100 and 1,000 players divided into two sides vie for a tiny deerskin ball in a field usually marked by two goalposts, but without any sidelines.
Apart from being a recreational sport, baggataway had social, political, and religious significance. The event played a crucial role in keeping the Iroquois Confederation together for centuries while it kept native warriors robust for combat. Just running across the vast field requires strong physical attributes and stamina. Often inter-tribal disputes were settled through the game.
It was called “the Creator’s Game” and played to collectively pray and please the gods. There were elaborate rituals associated with baggataway. Men decorated themselves and their sticks with charcoal and colors. Religious ceremonies held the night before and players participated in a dance ceremony with fancy clothing. Sex was not allowed while sacrifices and other rites were organized to pray for the victory.
Players walked into the field amid fanfare and a host of traditional rituals. The end of the event was celebrated with a community feast and dance.