Lacrosse (Dehoñtjihgwa’és) at the MOST

Left to right: Sid Hill, Oren Lyons, and Kent Lyons

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) is excited to open a new Innovation Station exhibit feature: Lacrosse (dehoñtjihgwa’és) presented by the American Indian Law Alliance on Saturday, April 17 at 10 am at the MOST, free with museum admission.

The game known today as lacrosse blends contemporary sports innovations with the traditions and core values of “the creator’s game,” which traces its origins to the Haudenosaunee, or People of the Longhouse. Made up of Six Nations, the Haudenosaunee are the indigenous peoples upon whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. Explore stories of the birth and development of lacrosse, and learn more about the science behind the game in the newest addition to the MOST Innovation Station, “LACROSSE (dehoñtjihgwa’és).”

"All over the world, out of human necessity and intellect, all over the world, shoes, hats, coats, jackets, cooking utensils, born out of necessity and made with wood and other materials. Right? Only on the United States' eastern side were the same materials used to make a game (lacrosse) with religious significance - which was never turned into a weapon."
Alfie Jacques, Onondaga Turtle Clan


Order of events, starting at 10 am:

Welcome: Lauren Kochian, MOST President

Opening: Tadodaho Sid Hill (no film or photography) & Oren Lyons, Onondaga Faithkeeper

Remarks: Betty Lyons, MOST Foundation Board & American Indian Law Alliance

Presentation of Tewaaraton Trophy: Sarah Aschenbach, Tewaaraton Foundation


The grand opening includes a live stick-making demonstration by Alfie Jacques of the Onondaga Turtle Clan starting at 10:30 am.

There will be a feature showing of “The Roots of Lacrosse” Documentary courtesy of Honest Engine Films in the Galson Issues Theater at 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, & 4 pm (free with museum admission).

Visitors can purchase admission tickets in advance, here, or at the museum. Visitors will be able to access the Innovation Station feature until September 2021, free with museum admission.



"The evolution of lacrosse from the Haudenosaunee story to how it is played today proves to be a story of great innovation and development. This is an excellent contribution to my Native community, and the MOST."

Irv Lyons Jr., Senior Director of Development at the MOST


About the MOST

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) is a hands-on science and technology museum for all ages. The MOST hosts numerous STEM education programs and community outreach events annually and is home to 35,000 square feet of interactive permanent and traveling exhibits. The MOST's vision is to be a preeminent science and technology center, inspiring all generations through hands-on education and entertainment.

The MOST is open 9:30 am to 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (closed between 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm). For hours and pricing, visit or call 315.425.9068.

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