It’s winter carnival time, and there are lots of places to get out and celebrate the season.
Many feature ice sculptures, hockey, skating, sledding, et. al.
We are on the look for unique winter festivals in smaller places beyond the wonderful and popular ones that most Canadians are familiar with (Winterlude, Quebec Winter Carnival, et. al. ) We write of them as well).
We recently came across a winter acivity new to us (Thanks to Travel the Prairies website).
It is called Sosemanuk or Snow Snake, a game with a history linked by many areas of the north, places like Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.
Its origins are said to come out of a First Nations tradition among the local Aboriginals.
Today, teams of men often journey between territories for seasonal tournaments (i.e. Onandagas in Upstate New York) . Each competitor takes a running start and hurls a snake, a sleek wooden pole, into the opening atop the track.
The stick is made from hardwood, about two or four feet in length. The front end is wider and thicker than the handle and is curved upward or has a small ball on the end. The stick should be well polished, so it will be able to glide easily.