One type of stick used for 'stickball' by indigenous groups
The "Beltrami stick" is the oldest known lacrosse stick. It is currently in a museum in Italy, but it was originally from the Ojibwe communities of the Red Lake, Minnesota area!
Large groups or even full villages would play the game. It was called by many names including: Stickball, Creator's game, Baggataway, "little brother of war” & Tewaaraton.
Can you imagine 100 vs 100 running up and down acres of fields? What about the time lacrosse was used as a successful diversion to capture a British-held fort? Read these details and more in this summary of the history of lacrosse in Minnesota.