CULTURAL APPROPRIATION IN SPIRITUALITY:
How deepening our understandings of settler-colonialism, race and privilege can help us reland our practices with humility, accountability and reciprocity
THE ZINE we’ve created to accompany and support this work is finally ready to share! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this work. We have 2 versions – one for printing off, folding and stapling in booklet form <Print> and a version for reading online <Read>. The worksheets (which we put as the centerfold of our print zines) and the cover are separate documents. If you would like to order a copy of the zine from us, just donate $3 minimum (our cost) plus shipping (from canada to wherever you are) and make a note in your donation that you would like us to send it.
The proceeds of our zine will be put towards securing a physically and financially accessible space for the next iteration of our workshop, likely to take place here on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver BC). Many thanks for all the support we’ve received and thanks so much for all the wonderful feedback you’ve given us about this work.
In this co-created workshop, we explore the ways in which cultural appropriation may displace, discredit and disrupt our best intentions to be respectful, loving, spiritual beings. We explore intersectionality–the interconnection of experiences of oppression and privilege in different areas of our lives–and the ways that the mysteries of spirit further complicate these already very complicated issues. In an open-hearted and non-judgmental space, every participant is encouraged and supported to find their own truths and to access the tools, support and resources they may need to continue on their magickal path with deepening awareness, accountability, empowerment and humility.
The path’s arc explores in depth this quote from Starhawk, an elder and founder of the Reclaiming tradition of Witchcraft;
“Cultural appropriation is taking from the ancestors without a commitment to their descendents. So don’t lay claim to knowledge or spiritual teachings or entitlements you haven’t earned, then relax, enjoy and get on with the work that will benefit the generations to come.”
We use a number of magickal and critical tools, including ritual, trance, theater, spectrographs, journaling, inquiry and discussion. In sacred space, we anchor to our core worth, creating and holding a strong container so that we can show up with our whole selves, embodied and present for the work–the art of changing consciousness at will. Magick!
TOP 12 RESOURCES for this work:
1. How to Talk to Someone About Privilege Who Doesn’t Know What That Is by Jamie Utt:
2. Five Ways White Feminists Can Address Our Own Racism by Sarah Milstein:
3. Choosing not to look away: Confronting Colonialism in Canada by David Camfield and Monique Woroniak
4. The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation by Jarune Uwajaren:
5. How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race – Jay Smooth TED talk (10 min. video)
6. Calling Ourselves Home: by Rain Crowe (40 min audio)
7. White Privilege as an Addiction by Gail K Golden:
8. White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men (a short documentary):
9. Yellow Apparel: when the coolie becomes cool (30 min documentary in 3 parts)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD2dAxXzVqY (part 1)
10. Holding the Tensions: Whiteness vs. European Cultural Identity by Jamie Utt
11. Hinduism, Indo Paganism and Cultural Appropriation, by Jason Pitzl-Waters
12. Honoring or Appropriation: What’s the Difference? a panel discussion at Pantheacon moderated by T. Thorn Coyle and presented on episode #77 on her blog Elemental Castings.