Snow Snake Creation and Racing

For Everyone

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 and designs.

Five Rivers Snow Snake sessions will demonstrate how to prepare the branch for racing by removing twigs, debarking, sanding, decorating, and waxing.  You will head home with a branch, sand paper, and wax to use in completing your own unique Snow Snake by Race Day.


Race Day is February 24, 2022 (snow date February 25).

Race heats occur at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.


Who?  Everyone; Family or Pod Groups with children under 18 limited to 6 participants maximum

When?  One hour instruction sessions at 10:00, 11:30 a.m., 1:00 or 2:30 p.m.

December 28, 29, or 30, 2021 and February 22, 2022

Race Heats: 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. on February 24, 2022.  Snow Date:  February 25, 2022.

Where?  In Person at Five Rivers. Meet at the Guided School Program Building

Materials Included.

Fee?  $15 Individual Member; $20 Family Member

$20 Non-Member + $5 / additional participant

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

Questions?  Contact Nancy at for further information.

Registration Form

Complete and return form and fee to Friends of Five Rivers, 56 Game Farm Rd., Delmar, NY 12054.

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.


56 Game Farm Rd., Delmar, NY 12054
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Phone:  (518) 475-0295                 Fax:  (518) 475-0293

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