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Author to talk about “The Creator’s Game: A Story of Baaga’adowe/Lacrosse”
Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 12:00 am - 2:00 am
Lacrosse, the super popular sport that originated with Native Americans, is the subject of the young adult book, “The Creator’s Game: A Story of Baaga’adowe/Lacrosse” by award-winning author Art Coulson (Cherokee). On Wednesday, November 16 from 7-9 pm, the author will be featured in a free event at Ganondagan’s Seneca Art & Culture Center to discuss his book, which will be available for purchase and signing.
Inside Lacrosse called this book “a must-have for any lacrosse parent who wants to get started on history lessons right away with the young players in their lives. The story focuses on Travis Skinaway, a player in 6th grade who struggles with the game’s fundamentals. His confidence takes a beating, but he finds refuge at home with support from his mother and grandmother. But Travis also finds encouragement from his late grandfather, who appears to him in dreams.”
” ‘The Creator’s Game’ is a story that bounds generations. Too often, the evolution of the lacrosse, with all its new equipment and flashy gear, gets in the way of the real reasons the game is here. It’s a gift, and it is to be used wisely. It’s called the medicine game for its healing powers. And in the case of young Travis Skinaway, it’s his confidence that benefits from the medicine game. Lessons from his past build a foundation for his future, which is what any parent wants for children. It’s a lesson that applies in any walk of life but in this case, it’s baaga’adowe that comes to the rescue.”
A devoted lacrosse player and fan, Coulson worked as a daily journalist in numerous cities—including at the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester—and wrote an award-winning column about contemporary American Indian issues. He has worked in local government communications and operates a design and strategic communications agency. A resident of the Twin Cities, he frequently returns to the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma to visit with family and improve his knowledge of the Cherokee language.
The Seneca Art & Culture Center is located at 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY. The event is free and open to the public. Although suggested for ages 8-12, this book is appropriate for a wider audience interested in the history of the game.
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