Syracuse Fun Facts

Fun Fact about the Syracuse area …. did you know …..

… that the game of lacrosse or Deyhontsigwa’ehs (its name in Onondaga) roughly translated means, “They bump hips.” Lacrosse at Onondaga is considered sacred and is a game that was given by the Creator, to be played for the Creator and has been known to have healing power. The game in its original form is played between two groups, usually divided up between clans or young men versus old men. Since women are respected for providing life and are to protect this gift, they do not play lacrosse.  Once sides are chosen, the two teams play with the men using hand-made sticks made of hickory.  The spirit of the hickory tree connects the player to Mother Earth as they play for the Creator. The game is played on an open field with two poles at each end signifying goals between which a leather ball must pass. When Deyhontsigwa’ehs is played on Mother Earth, it is said that there is also a game being played with their ancestors in Creator’s land. There is a predetermined amount that the teams must reach before the game is considered won and therefore, the game is not timed.  (source:

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Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau
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