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Bug GirlÂ shared this article written byÂ Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse in response to the sweat lodge deaths in Arizona.Â The author is understandably angry that an important spiritual part of her culture has been appropriated by New Age-type fraudsters for financial gain.
Our ceremonies are about life and healing, from the time this ancient ceremonial rite was given to our people, never has death been a part of our inikagâ€™a (life within) when conducted properly.Â Â Today the rite is interpreted as a sweat lodge, it is much more then that. So the term does not fit our real meaning of purification.
Is cultural appropriation necessarily harmful or can goodÂ come of it?Â Is appropriation inevitable given the way that Western culture evolves?Â How do we define what is and isn’t appropriate when it comes to the absorption and integration of other cultures?
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