Virtual Native American Winter Games

February 17th-20th, 2021

Join us online for this year's virtual Native American Winter Games!

During the long harsh winters in Western New York, the Seneca nestled in their bark longhouses to repair clothing, make tools and prepare for the spring. Despite the winter weather, Seneca people remained active throughout the season. Many of the winter activities that traditionally occupied them outdoors are still in practice today.

This year, enjoy Ganondagan's Native American Winter Games virtually as a way to celebrate and discover the Seneca ways of winter through traditional Haudenosaunee activities! 

Traditional Winter Activities


Learn about the traditional Haudenosaunee game of Snowsnake from expert, Snooky Brooks (Seneca) and Ganondagan Site Manager, Peter Jemison (Seneca)

Making a Snowsnake

The Game of Snowsnake

Snow Boats
Seneca people would make solid wooden “boats” and race them down hills for fun. (Think of the “Pinewood Derby” from scouting) Channels would be made in the snow, one for each boat and then released four at a time down the snowy hills. 

Create your own snow-boat - Click on the link for plans and instructions 

Ganondagan's trails are perfect for snow shoeing! Enjoy the beautiful winter sites! Trail maps can be found online and inside the Seneca Art & Culture Center. 

Programming made possible by:

The Rochester Area Community Foundation