Wish you had the keen eyesight of a hawk on the lacrosse field? Try wearing a hawk feather in your hair.
At least that’s what the ancient Native Americans did to improve their eyesight for lacrosse games. To run faster, they also wore the tails of horses or wolves. And to gain the power to strike opponents with the force of a rattlesnake, they would eat one before a game. But rabbit meat was considered taboo, because rabbits easily lose their wits when hunted and no player wanted to behave like a rabbit when on the playing field.
The Native American belief system that all living things possess spirits was at the root of their culture and influenced their daily life.
A people so dependent on nature for their survival, the Native Americans played lacrosse to please the Gods of Thunder, believing that the victorious team would earn their tribe fair weather, plentiful crops and good health.
That is why, for the Native Americans, winning a lacrosse game really was a matter of life and death.