I recall years ago that i was watching a presentation on native American “sacred sex”. It featured things like pendulums and chakras and such like but used native American terms. Years later i realized i was watching a new age version of eastern tantra in native American drag. It was convincing enough that a cherokee man looking to connect to his culture was fooled by it. It wouldn’t be the last time I saw something like this. Part of the reason the term “shaman” is so red flaggy to me is because what is being taught as Native American shamanism simply isn’t. aside from the fact that it’s not a native term It’s often just a mishmash of new age concepts in native clothing.
Being a medicine man is a job and those dudes have their hands full serving their tribes. They aren’t out there teaching the public or anyone who isn’t immersed in the culture. They don’t even teach everyone within the tribe who wants it. Candidates for that are chosen based on aptitude. However, anyone can go take a core shamanism course and append native words to it. And people do. Then they hang out their shingle as teachers of Native spirituality. For a price of course.
Anyone who refers to themselves as a native American shaman is pulling your leg. Some may sincerely believe it. but the amount of nonsense being put out has gotten so bad that some actual medicine men have felt compelled to leave their communities to set the record straight. Best not to be taken in by that. There is nothing wrong with core shamanism and it’s a good bit of tech to have. I just think that forewarned is forearmed.