Celebrating sobriety and traditionLast weekend's Celebration of Sobriety Powwow near Sawyer was well attended.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Approximately 700 dancers and 33 different drum groups gathered for the 32nd annual Mash-Ka-Wisen Celebration of Sobriety Powwow last weekend at the Mash-Ka-Wisen powwow grounds in Sawyer on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Jim Mallery, Minnesota Indian Primary Resident Treatment Center Inc. administrator, was chair of the powwow.
“The powwow honors everyone who is in sobriety and gives people an opportunity to celebrate that,” Mallery said. “All powwows stress no drugs or alcohol – that’s not what it’s about – especially ours. That’s what we do. And this is a way for us to give back.”
All the photos were taken by Ivy Vainio/For the Pine Journal.