I founf this on E-Bay today and saved it to hand out to some of my more naive friends. I thought it would be good to post here too.
BEFORE YOU BUY THAT BOOK ON AMERICAN INDIAN MYSTICISM, SHAMANISM, CEREMONY, ETC, OR PURCHASE THAT 'GENUINE AMERICAN INDIAN' ITEM, STOP & CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING, PLEASE!
You either HAVE BEEN, or are ABOUT TO BE scammed into becoming what the TRUE Native American People call "Wannabes", "Twinkies", or "Plastic Indians". You also have PROBABLY been duped by a seller of Native Culture!
FYI, "shamans" are found in ASIA, Tibet, & maybe a few in the old Russian states. Native people DO NOT use the label "shaman" !!! "Shaman" is NOT, I repeat, NOT now, nor has it EVER been, a word found in ANY AUTHENTIC NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGE ! It has been imported & assigned to American Indian Tribal beliefs by FRAUDS, FAKES, NEW AGE GURUS, & the like! If it has "Shaman" in the title, it's FAKE!!! Trust me on this! Check out actual TRIBAL websites by typing in 'Plastic Shamans' in any search engine. The warnings are numerous! They also NAME NAMES!
BEFORE YOU BUY:
~~1st & perhaps foremost:
REAL Native Traditionalists believe the ONLY acceptable way to transmit traditional teachings is orally and face-to-face. Any so-called "traditional teachings" found in ANY book or in any "class", off-reservation "sacred lodge" or "learning center", on ANY websites, etc, are NOT entirely, or in some cases, NOT AT ALL authentic, be assured. Ask at your LOCAL RESERVATION about any "teachings" going on in your area. The only way to STOP the FAKES is to REPORT THEM TO THE RECOGNIZED TRIBES !!! PLEASE NOTICE I SAID 'RECOGNIZED' Tribes !!! There are entire FAKE tribes started by & "guided" by FAKE Indians, some with HUGE followings! It is very easy to know which is a RECOGNIZED TRIBE & which is NOT...go to the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S WEBSITE & download the PDF file there of ALL Federally RECOGNIZED Tribes.
~~2nd, & VERY IMPORTANT,
ANY real Native traditions, stories, ceremonies, songs, etc, take usually a LIFETIME to understand & get perfectly right, and must be done with great respect, patience, & honor of the TRUE sacredness involved. Any offer to teach you all you need to know in a BOOK, "seminar" , or in a "private ceremony",a video or audio tape, or by website, etc, is malarkey at best, & FRAUD at worst.
~~3rd, Ask any archaeologist if there is ANY record of ANY dig producing even ONE "medicine card" or "medicine wheel" (such as I've seen sold online or in stores). The answer will be NO !
~~4th, VERY IMPORTANT: ONLY A MEMBER OF A FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBE CAN OFFER AN AUTHENTIC NATIVE AMERICAN ANYTHING FOR SALE. ALL FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBES HAVE PHONE NUMBERS & CURRENT CHIEFS LISTED ON THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S WEBSITE! Call before you buy! Anyone else who offers an item as "NATIVE AMERICAN MADE" is guilty of a CRIME.
The following is a list, although an abbreviated one, that is taken from NUMEROUS websites run by REAL INDIANS, activist groups, etc, of KNOWN fakes, frauds, sellers of FALSE Indian doctrine, belief, ceremony, & so-called wisdom, in either books, website writings, brochures, etc. This list is from websites that strive to STOP the Cultural GENOCIDE, the THEFT of Native American Spirituality, Customs, Ceremony, & Beliefs. These people have been EXPOSED, contacted by Tribal leaders in almost ALL instances, & asked to CEASE & DESIST in their continuous FALSE TEACHINGS, yet they each continue to pump out those books, newsletters, offers on their websites, etc. PLEASE, PLEASE, do NOT be guilty of aiding & abetting these authors! Refuse to buy!
~ Wolf Moondance
~ Morgan Eaglebear , aka Morgan Eaglebear Maez
~ Brooke Medicine Eagle
~ EARTH THUNDER
~ JAMIE SAMS
~ Hyemeyohsts Storm, Wolf Storm
~ Swan Storm
~ Mary Summer Rain
~ White Crystal Feather
~ Ghostwolf, aka Robert Ghostwolf Franzone
~ Lynn V. Andrews
~ Manny Two Feathers
~ Michael Harner
~ David Carson
~ Randy Tate, aka Randy Two Bears Standing Tate, aka Chief Two Bears Standing Tate,
ShaunaSay Tate, aka ShaunaSay Whitefeather Tate, aka leader of Red Nation of the Cherokee.
~ Neeshanha, aka Kat Lonergan
~ Dhyani Ywahoo, born Diane Fisher
~ Rainbow Eagle, real name Roland Willston
~ Roy Steevensz, aka Roy Little Sun
~ Mary Elizabeth Thunder, aka Mary Thunder, real name Mary Grimes
~ Standing Bear , Aka Standing Bear Moore, aka Manataka, real name Randy Lee Moore
~ Don Miguel, aka Don Miguel Ruiz, aka Sixth Sun
~ Carlos Castenada
~ Marlo Morgan
~ Christine Olinger, aka White Raven
~ Soaring Paw N Hooves Cawley, aka Selma Palmer
~ Dreamwalker, aka Thunderwarriors, aka Tony Dreamwalker, aka Tony Press
~ Bernyce Barlow
~ Don Two Eagles Waterhawk, aka Don Waterhawk, real name Donald R. Cakerice
~ Tom Netz, aka Chief Soft Shell Turtle, aka Ahkootya
~ Carmen Sunrising Pope
~ Katherine Cheshire, aka Dep See Mana
~ Buck Ghost Horse
~ Vicki Ghost Horse
~ Paul Ghost Horse
~ Carole Eagleheart
~ Roy Wilson, Medicine Wheel Tribe
~ Wind Wolf Woman, aka Sunbeam, aka Mahinto
~ Lynda Yraceburu
~ Maria Yraceburu, aka Naylin
~ Dorothy Deagle, aka Dorothy Daigle, aka Red Hat
~ Red Elk, real name Gerald Osbourne
~ Londuv, aka Melanie Hofsteters, aka Melanie Kennedy
~ Many Knives, Bo or Boe Glasschild
~ Duncan Sings Alone, aka C W Duncan
~ Ed McGaa, aka Eagle Man
~ Jeanne Marie Troge