(Snowsnake) Returns To Onondaga Nation School
by LaFayette Central
Nation- Winter has decided to make its mark on our memory this year
with lots of sub zero temperatures and many snow days. It was so
cold that our annual community give has been postponed to later
in March. But with the deep snow and cold temps has created ideal
"The kids have been asking when we were going to have Snow snake
this year," said Brad Powless the culture teacher at the school.
"They've been seeing all of that snow and have been just itching
Snowsnake is a traditional Haudenosaunee game where men try
to throw thinly carved sticks down a track of snow the furthest.
Shannon Booth, Roger Cook, Kevin Powless, Butch Elm, Ed Shenandoah,
and Alfie Jacques have come to share this game with the students
"I love to play this game," said Shannon Booth. "It was a favorite
memory of mine shooting snow snake at ONS. It is a good feeling
to bring it back."
Shannon was a student at ONS, his uncle Edward Shenandoah, would
carve snow snakes for the men in the community. He then took the
time to carve some sticks for the kids at ONS to start the program.
When he passed, the program stopped.
"I thought that we needed to continue teaching our kids about
the game," added Shannon Booth. "Then a few years ago, we found
some of Ed's old sticks that he carved for the school. They are
real treasures and they can still fly down the track."
The three day event comes to a close on Thursday, March 05,
2015. After practicing multiple times for two days, the third day
allows the students to show off their skills. The farthest throw
from each class will be recognized and recorded on a plaque.
"The competition is fun but the kids really get into the challenge
of improving each year," says Mr. Powless.
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