The Snowsnake game was used as a tool for killing caribou during the times when there were no guns. Dene people were intelligent and gifted hunters during a time when killing or not killing a caribou could mean life or death. Often in the early morning caribou would be found lying on the snow covered lakes. It was during this time that the Dene hunters would sneak out onto the lakes, hidden in the early morning darkness and throw their spear-like tool through the snow and into the caribouís stomach. This required incredible skill, not only to kill the animal but to be able to throw the spear with such amazing accuracy. In order to accomplish this feat time and time again, Dene hunters would practice their throwing techniques with the spear or as it is called today the Snowsnake.
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