White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men

Indigenous teachings are thousands of years old. People born into these traditions are raised into knowledge that those born outside do not—and should not—have. Do not steal from others traditions. Instead, research your own family history and connect to your own roots.


This award-winning documentary deals with the popularization and commercialization of Native American spiritual traditions by Non-Indians.

Important questions are asked of those seeking to commercially exploit Tribal rituals and copy sacred ceremonies and those vested with safeguarding sacred ways. The film represents a wide range of voices from Native communities, and speaks to issues of cultural appropriation with humour, righteous anger, and thoughtful insight.

Written by Daniel Hart Youtube copyright notice : “Alice Di Micele-Not For Sale (24:16)”, sound recording administered by: CD Baby 

2 thoughts on “White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men”

  1. The Euroasian peoples have every right to claim a “shamanic” heritage. There are many parallel rituals among such cultures. The knowledge comes from the land.

    1. The term “shaman” comes from a few indigenous cultures mainly in what is now Russia. Therefore, cultures other than these are not “shamanic,” although there may be parallels among various pagan and indigenous European communities, these were largely destroyed during the process of civilization and Christianization. So there are parallels, yes, but also significant divergences. The film makes a cogent argument. Euroasian peoples should return to, or revive/reconstruct, their own ancient traditions, rather than appropriating from others. Cross cultural sharing and principled relationship is beautiful. Commodification and appropriation is desecration.

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