To the editor:
In “American History Notes Lacrosse Origins,” legend development was noted as having originated in various tribal lore.
One tribal (Eastern Cherokee) legend had birds (eagles, hawks, osprey, etc.) and land animals (deer, bear, otter, etc.) competing against one another. The truth portrayed in this legend may point to the fact that in the human version, the ball rarely touched the ground.
In the legend, if the birds gained possession of the ball, it would be very difficult for the land animals to touch a bird or the ball.