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What are the cultural and linguistic origins of the word “shaman”?
The Center for Shamanic Education and Exchange explains: “Shaman is a word derived from the Tungus word “saman” (one who sees in the dark), the German word “schamane,” and the Russian word“ šamán” (traditional healer). There may also be ties to the Chinese word “shamén” (Buddhist monk) and sanskrit word “srama,” (ascetic, monk, devotee.) The word “shaman” has become a blanket word referring to Indiginous ceremonial leaders, medicine people, and healers. Shamanic belief systems are characterized by common attributes, such as the recognition that all things are connected, and that people can use non-ordinary consciousness to “travel” or commune with the unseen aspects of reality or spirit world in order to gain knowledge, wisdom, and power. In this way, shamanism dates back at least 40,000 years with each Indigenous culture or tribe expressing its own unique and individual cosmology and epistemology.”
How is The Shift Network addressing the topic of cultural appropriation?
As a company, we are deeply committed to honoring Indigenous wisdom traditions, and to doing the healing work necessary for righting the wrongs of history and ensuring that all peoples and cultures are treated honorably.
Philosophically, we have decided to feature both Indigenous teachers as well as those of non-Indigenous ancestry who have undertaken long apprenticeships with Indigenous teachers and have contributed to cultural knowledge exchange in what we believe are helpful ways. We feel that both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have a role to play in the larger cultural healing. We hope that inviting teachers who come from various heritages to join us on this journey will lead to greater appreciation, respect, and mutual empowerment. To unwind generations of cultural conditioning as a global community takes work, practice, and a commitment to continued learning. We are committed to this journey and appreciate the team of transformative leaders, changemakers, and heart-centered advisors who are guiding the process.
What is cultural appropriation and how is it related to this topic?
Cultural appropriation is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the practices, customs, or aesthetics of one social or ethnic group by members of another (typically dominant) community or society.” In other words, adopting the culture of a historically oppressed group for profit or status.
Examples of cultural appropriation related to shamanism include:
- Products sold by non-Indigenous individuals, such as “smudge kits,” infused waters, shamanic rattles, or ritual gift sets
- Attending a “shamanic” course or retreat and presenting one’s self as a shaman
- Using words and phrases like “tribe” or “spirit animal” when they’re not part of your culture
- Adopting cultural symbols such as prints, designs, garb, jewelry, hairstyles, or decorations for aesthetic purposes when they’re not part of your culture
- Misusing spiritual objects such as drums, chants, crystals, and herbs
- Creating a business or generating a profit from practices of another culture, such as sweat lodges, smudging, energy clearing, sacred pipe ceremonies, or shamanic training courses
A few resources to learn more about shamanism and cultural appropriation:
- Video from Shift faculty Kahontakwas Diane Longboat: Cultural appropriation and the origin of these deeply personal teachings
- Article: Non-Indigenous healers asked to stop appropriating Indigenous ceremony
- Article: How wellness got whitewashed
- Podcast with Tanya Rodriguez and Pegi Eyers: Dismantling Western Shamanism with the Global Decolonization Initiative