Various branches of the “New Age” movement have sought to appropriate aspects of Native American spirituality.
The Native Americans whose rituals are being used are not happy.
This is a few years old, but still relevant: Declaration of War Against Exploiters of Lakota Spirituality. Reason?
… for too long we have suffered the unspeakable indignity of having our most precious Lakota ceremonies and spiritual practices desecrated, mocked and abused by non-Indian “wannabes,” hucksters, cultists, commercial profiteers and self-styled “New Age shamans” and their followers; …
… individuals and groups involved in “the New Age Movement,” in “the men’s movement,” in “neo-paganism” cults and in “shamanism” workshops all have exploited the spiritual traditions of our Lakota people by imitating our ceremonial ways and by mixing such imitation rituals with non-Indian occult practices in an offensive and harmful pseudo-religious hodgepodge ….
See also “Plastic Shaman.”