What is a Snowsnake and Who invented the sport of Snowsnakes?

After a heavy winter snow, Seneca men often gathered to play their favorite sport, snowsnakes.

A snowsnake was a long wooden pole polished to a slippery finish with beeswax.

In the game, the players took turns sliding their “snakes” along a shallow ditch dug into the snow. The winner was the player whose snowsnake traveled the farthest.