Onondaga Lacrosse Movie to debut in Syracuse

Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons, executive director of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team, was our guest on Weekend Today in CNY, talking about the new movie Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation.

A movie about lacrosse and its significance to the Onondaga Nation will make its East Coast debut in Syracuse next Saturday (June 24)

'Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation' has the 2015 World Championships, hosted by the Onondagas, and the '14 championships in Denver as the starting point. Chief Lyons, who is also executive director of the Iroquois Nationals, points out that world wide lacrosse has exploded: when the league started in 1987, there were 5 teams, now it's up to 153. And, he says, if the worldwide game stopped, they'd still play here.

Lacrosse is more than a game, however. He calls it 'our lifeblood, with a spiritual part of religious ceremonies, and medicine for helping people. Young children are often given lacrosse sticks as baby presents, or soon thereafter. In addition to game footage, the documentary explores the history of Onondagas' relationships with non-Native American neighbors, and continuing attempts at recognition and equality by world governments.

The movie, which credits Lyons as an executive producer, will show at Syracuse's Palace Theatre (James St.. Eastwood) on Saturday, June 24 at 7pm. Tickets at the door.
Here's a link to see the full trailer.

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