When Cultural Appropriation Goes Even Wronger
But those attending the Spiritual Warrior retreat did not know that Ray already was being accused of misappropriating and misusing others’ teachings without permission or proper training. They did not know that his claims to have been initiated into three shamanic traditions, gaining expertise in a variety of spiritual and esoteric teachings, were either exaggerations or questionable.
And they did not know that Ray’s way of running a sweat lodge violated the spiritual and safety practices of the Native American traditions he claimed to follow.
This man is on trial for manslaughter. Because people died.
The lessons of history, people.