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HOPKINS, MICHIGAN - The 2nd Annual Gun Lake Snowsnake Games, hosted by the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians and the Great Lakes Lifeways Institute, are being postponed until Saturday, February 18. They were originally scheduled for this Saturday.
The location has not changed. The Snowsnake Games will be held at Camp Jijak, just south of Hopkins, Michigan.
The game of snowsnake is an incredibly fun traditional Anishinabe winter sport. The snowsnake gaming piece is a carved polished wooden pole that is slid down a track or trench built in the snow. Snowsnakes can vary from two to seven feet long and are approximately an inch in diameter. They are carved from a variety of hardwoods and treated with special waxes and oils.
The event is free and open to anyone interested in trying their hand at the sport or just stopping by to enjoy the competition. Age categories for the competition range from children to elders. Loaner equipment will be available for newcomers. There will be hot chocolate for all as well as ongoing sledding for kids of all ages throughout the day.
Vendor tables will also be available in the activity building for artists and crafts people to display and sell their work.
posted January 18, 2011 6:00 am est
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