Wannabe Indians

Wannabe Indians – Although this term derives from Native Americans (see principally Green 1988) who have criticized nonNative writers for marketing their work as if it were actually by a Native author—“simulations of tribal identities in the literature of dominance,” as Gerald Vizenor has put it—the “wannabe” label is sometimes applied to all neo-shamans, New Agers, Pagans, and others who can be seen by Native Americans as appropriating their spiritual traditions. Such well-known neo-shamanic writers as Carlos Castaneda, Lynn Andrews, and Sun Bear have been singled out for specific criticism as “wannabe Indians” by the American Indian Movement.


Historical Dictionary of Shamanism by Graham Harvey and Robert J. Wallis 2007


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