Lacrosse has been a central element of Indigenous cultures for centuries, but once non-Indigenous players entered the sport, it became a site of appropriation – then reclamation – of Indigenous identities. The Creator’s Game focuses on the history of lacrosse in Indigenous communities from the 1860s to the 1990s, exploring Indigenous-non-Indigenous relations and Indigenous identity formation. While the game was being appropriated in the process of constructing a new identity for the nation-state of Canada, it was also being used by Indigenous peoples to resist residential school experiences, initiate pan-Indigenous political mobilization, and articulate Indigenous sovereignty. This engaging and innovative book provides a unique view of Indigenous self-determination and nationhood in the face of settler-colonialism.
Allan Downey is Dakelh, Nak’azdli Whut’en, and an assistant professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University. He has published articles in the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, and the Canadian Journal of History. Beyond teaching, one of Allan’s greatest passions is working with Indigenous youth, and he splits his time volunteering for a number of Indigenous communities and youth organizations throughout the year.