Film Screening & Discussion - Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation
Join us for the screening of this documentary that follows the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team during the 2015 World Box Lacrosse Championship in which culture, sovereignty, and sports intersect for this historic event. After the film, you'll be able to hear Iroquois Nationals' Executive Director Ansley Jemison (Seneca Nation/Wolf Clan) speak of his experiences with the team and about Haudenosaunee sovereignty.
The Los Angeles Times said this: "Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation" isn't a standard sports documentary. Its focus is on spiritual matters as well as the physical because it deals with a game its adherents believe is just about as old as time.
That would be lacrosse, a sport the Iroquois, who originated it, call "the creator's game," something they believe was played between animals, the winged creatures versus the land ones, before man was on the scene.
'My grandfather played the game. His grandfather played the game. How far back do you want to go?' says Oren Lyons, who has the title of wisdom keeper for the Native American Haudenosaunee, a confederation of tribes in northeast North America the French called Iroquois.
As co-directed by Peter Spirer and Peter Baxter, "Spirit Game" covers a lot of territory, which gives it something of an all-over-the-map quality. But the subject matter is always enough to hold our attention.