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.
Do you have a story about how pow wow helped you?