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Indigenous man credits powwow for helping step away from addictions


Gabriel Whiteduck has been sober for seven years, and credits his passion for song and dance and traditional teachings for helping him heal from addiction. Powwow culture was a means for positive expression, at a time in his life when his outlook was dark.

"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."


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