SPORTS - Snowsnake
The game of Snowsnake is a Haudenosaunee winter game. This game is played
between native communities. Often Onondaga men travel to the different
communities of the Haudenosaunee to "throw."
The snow snake is actually a piece of wood. There are two kinds of snake.
A long snake which is 6 feet in length and a short snake which is only
3 feet in length. Each snake is hand carved out of hickory or ash. The
snakes are only 3/4 of an inch in diameter so shooters are very careful
with their best snakes.
Snow Snake is played on a track. Snow is piled up at a beginning of
the track to a height of about 4 feet. Then the track gradually slopes
downward to follow the contour of the earth. A log is then placed on
top of the snow pile to make a track that the shooters must throw their
snakes in. The community who has the best throws, wins. The best throwers
win prizes but more importantly, bragging rights until the next event.