Denver’s American Indian community welcomed the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team to Colorado this week with burning sage, eagle feathers and a traditional song honoring heroes.
“You guys represent our warriors. You are our role models,” said Francis Sherwood, celebrating the world’s only indigenous team competing internationally as a sovereign nation for the World Lacrosse Championships in Denver.
“It’s our way of life. It’s deep in our culture. In our cradle board, we are given a wooden lacrosse stick. We grew up playing since we’ve been walking,” said Jeremy Thompson, 27, a Syracuse graduate from the Onandaga Nation who forged a lacrosse path for his three brothers and cousin.