Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation

Peter Spirer & Peter Baxter
2017 | 102 mins
Country of Production: USA
Country and Nation Featured: USA, Haudenosaunee Confederacy
NYC Premiere | Directors and Protagonists in Attendance

It's a game as old as time. According to Iroquois legend, animals faced off against each other long before humans learned to play. Today, lacrosse remains as spiritual as it is recreational for the Iroquois team as they fight to represent their nation on the field.

Activate: My Perspective

“In making Spirit Game I learned the value of another civilization. Western civilization, the one I grew up in, taught me about principles based on fact. During the making of the film I began to see how easily so-called facts become falsehoods and then go on to misrepresent history. America is still hopeless at recognizing its imperfections and false history. It loves to tell you and then record how well it’s done but can’t deal with how often “success” is based on the misery and destruction of those around them. I think many Americans feel uncomfortable around this today. They don’t quite know how to come to terms with the people who came before them. I’ve been influenced by a book called Basic Call to Consciousness that Chief Oren Lyons helped write. It included a speech by Chief Deskaheh, who devoted his life to the Iroquois’ basic call. His speech was directed toward the young and explains your actions today will affect the outcome of tomorrow, next week, and seven generations to come. The Iroquois remind us, as incredible survivors, the extent to which one civilization needs to truly recognize another in acknowledging historical truth and healing in order to progress. If we can’t do that we are lost. The hope Peter and I share in getting the film out there is that it will help advance this discussion, to help educate as well as to entertain people.” 

—  Peter Baxter | Director, Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation