Snow Snake Creation and Racing

For Everyone

Thomas J. Dorsey Jr. (Tom Two Arrows) (b.1920) “Ga Wa Ta” or Snow Snake (1942) Detail Courtesy of Albany Institute of History and Art.


Snow Snake Creation and Racing

Snow Snake is a traditional Haudenosaunee game played during the winter.  The object of the game is to throw your Snow Snake (a straight tree branch) the farthest along a smooth trough made in the snow.  Snow Snakes come in various lengths.

Five Rivers Snow Snake sessions will demonstrate how to prepare the branch for racing by removing twigs, sanding rough spots, decorating and waxing. After the instructional session, participants will see the race trough and sign-up for a race heat on Friday. They will head home with a branch, sand paper, and wax to use for the creation of their own unique Snow Snake by race day.

Who?  Everyone; Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

When?  Instructional Sessions 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. on February 16 or 17.

             RACE Heats 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. on February 19

Where?  In Person at Five Rivers Amphitheater

Fee?  $15 Individual Member;  $20 Family Member (Materials included)

          $20 Individual Non-Member;  $25 Family Non-Member (Materials included.)

          Organized Groups (Scouts, Schools, etc.) email for rates.    

Registration:  Contact Nancy Conway by email at

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56 Game Farm Rd., Delmar, NY 12054

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