Jamie Sams on Exploiting Native Spirituality

Ray: Jamie, why do you think many native communities are so resentful of the investigation and use of Native American spirituality by non-native people and religious paths, perhaps especially new-consciousness or New Age people?   Jamie: There are 686 acknowledged tribes in the United States. No one wants to be looked at stereotypically, the way…

R. Carlos Nakai on Not Speaking for All Natives

[Writer’s note: I conducted this interview in person just after I started at New Age Retailer magazine in 1998. I was a big fan, and the marriage of my new role (as assistant editor) and a surprise opportunity (R. Carlos was touring with the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet and coming through Bellingham, Washington, just then)…

Jamie Sams on Sharing Cultural Teachings

Ray: Many Native Americans are concerned about the appropriation and exploitation of Indian philosophies by non-natives. Should Indians share native philosophies with non-Indians at all? Jamie: Every Native American person who has the courage to share the beauty and simple goodness of what they have been taught by their elders is creating a bridge between…