Gabriel Whiteduck Shares His Story About How Pow Wow Saved Him


It's a story that I see time and time again, pow wow culture helps reconnect folks with their roots, but also helps them step away from destructive behavior. In this interview with Cree Radio CBC, Gabriel Whiteduck shares his story about how pow wow helped him through a dark part of his life.

“When I first came into powwow, I was suffering from addictions – drugs and alcohol,” said the 33-year old, in a recent interview with the Cree Radio CBC.

“It was a way to put that down and take up something. I picked up the drum and dancing, I was able to really apply myself positively.”

Whiteduck is a powwow teacher, dancer, drummer and singer. Algonquin and Plains Cree, he's originally from Prince Albert, Sask., and is now based in the Algonquin First Nation of Kitigan Zibi, Que.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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