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Native students place their handmade snow snakes on a table for artistic judging during the first-ever Snow Snake Festival in White Earth Friday morning.

Celebrating snow snakes

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It's finally winter as we know it, and students on the White Earth Indian Reservation are celebrating the flakes with snakes.

The first ever Snow Snake Festival kicked off at the new Circle of Life Academy outside of White Earth Friday.

Snow snakes, or goonginebigoog in Ojibwe, is an ancient Native American game that was once very popular amongst upper-Midwestern tribes.

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