Here are two clips from White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men, a one-half hour documentary dealing with the popularization and commercialization of Native American spiritual traditions by Non-Indians.
White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men, Part 1 of 3
White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men, Part 2 of 3
I found a study guide for this documentary that asks the following questions:
1. What are the motivations for many non-Indians who take use Indian religious practices?
2. Do you think any of them are aware of the problems caused by what they do?
3. Do you think any of them consider the possible dangers related to their appropriation of Indian religion?
4. Which of the non-Indian people interviewed might be the most aware of the fact that they are exploiting Indian religion and people?
5. What are some of the recognizable names discussed in the video?
6. When non-Indians appropriate elements of Indian religions, what does it say about their view of the complexity of Indian cultural practices?
7. Why do they think it is okay to do use Indian religious practices?
I saw this video several years ago when I attended a Young Religious Unitarian Universalist "Spirituality Development Conference" as an adult advisor.
This documentary with a follow-up discussion would make a very useful adult or youth religious education class on appropriate and inappropriate borrowing from other cultures in Unitarian Universalism.