From a press release:
UNC Asheville presents Cherokee stickball demonstration, Sept. 4
UNC Asheville will also host a Cherokee stickball demonstration by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 on the UNC Asheville Intramural Fields. The event is free and open to the public.
Stickball, which is similar to lacrosse, is known as “the little brother of war,” and began as a way for tribes to settle disputes. There are many variations of the sport amongst Tribal Nations; the Eastern Band of Cherokee version is one of the more physical types. The demonstration will feature members of the Wa Le Lu (Hummingbird) team from Cherokee.
The stickball demonstration is part of UNC Asheville’s Native American Speaker & Performance Series, which provides the opportunity to engage in dialogue and deconstruct and challenge popular stereotypes of American Indians. Other events in the series include DJ crew A Tribe Called Red’s electric powwow on September 20.
The Native American Speaker & Performance Series is co-sponsored by many UNC Asheville programs and offices: the Office of the Associate Provost, the Department of Education, the American Indian Outreach Program, the Arts & Ideas Program, the Humanities Program, the NEH Distinguished Professor, and Cultural Events & Special Academic Programs. For more information, visit cesap.unca.edu or call 828.251.6674.