Photo gallery Ojibwe Winter Games
A collection of snow snakes sits waiting to be used at the Ojibwe Winter Games, held on Lake Mendota at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 5, 2016. The event celebrates and sustains traditional winter sports, and inspires children to get out and exercise during winter. This year, a group of folklore students in the UW Scandinavian Studies Program partnered with educators in Lac du Flambeau to bring the games to UW-Madison.
The games included snow snake, hoop and spear, and atlatl (shown), where participants use a hooked handle to propel an arrow faster and farther than could be thrown with bare hands. The object was to hit one of four hunting targets.
Snow snake's object was to toss a carved and painted wooden stick down a lane of ice that has had the snow cleared from it, trying to have the stick go as far and straight as possible.