The Snow Snake Games were played in the winter, after
the men returned from the annual hunt. These were huge games. Village
played village. People shouted for their team. It was an exciting game of
skill to the Iroquois people, and a team sport.
Before the games, each player carved their own
"snake", which was a flattened piece of wood or a carved wood
scrap, depending upon the age of the players and the competition level.
One end was curved up a little, and the other end was notched to make it
easy to throw.
When two teams met, they dragged a log through the
snow to form a path or a trough. The object of the game was to throw your
"snake" along the trough at a really fast speed. Teams
alternated tosses. The distance that your snake traveled was added to your
team score. Whichever side had the longest total distance or the best
score was the winner.
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