The object pictured above is a "practice" Snowsnake javelin in the Museum collection. It is 93cm long x 2.1cm wide x 1.6cm thick. It tapers at both ends to slightly narrower measurements. One hand has a gray metal tip like an arrowhead. The other end has a 7cm notch cut which has been burned and polished. About 40cm below the metal tip are incised dots indicating a pattern for use in the snow. The object was purchased from a member of the Oneida Tribe in 1979. It was made by this "First Nation Canadian" for use in practicing Snowsnake technique. A standard Snowsnake for use in Snowsnake games is at least three times in length.

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If your wondering how the outdoor track for the game of Snowsnake is made, snow is piled up into a mound for a number of feet, and then a log is dragged through the top of the mound to make the track.

Commercial Snowsnake

A Commercial Snowsnake

The photograph above is of a Snowsnake made from a kit that is sold for use of youth groups and school classes. It can be used both outdoors on an icy surface, or indoors on a gym floor. For more information about these kits, go to:

Last update March 2, 2010