There is a lot of skepticism among people that someone can perform Shamanic healing without being part of a native community. Questions arise, such as: "You are not a shaman, why are you doing this work?" , "How can you perform Shamanic healing if your parents were not shamans or you don't belong to a shamanic lineage?" and even "You don't look like an indigenous person", are part of a long list of worries people have when the Universe puts the opportunity to receive shamanic help in their lives.
It is understandable. There are so many beliefs rooted deep into our individual subconscious and into our species's subconscious that are constantly driving us to find "the thing" you can complain about, the details you can fight with, to attack other humans. There is a collective ability to find infinite ways of celebrating and enjoying when others are wrong, and not because this is seen as an opportunity to teach, love and lead the way to a better place, but because it feels comfortable, supported in the wrongness. You don't reach your potential if everyone is at the same level. But there is a lack of compassion and celebration for other's achievements, for other people, and for the huge opportunity for growth.
Modern shamanism, is a beautiful opportunity to honor Mother Earth, with sacred practices adapted to modern minds. It is very important to take into account that we all have grown up in cultures, embedded in social media, technology, and television. While some think that this makes us disconnected from sacredness and spirituality, modern Shamanism (as many other practices) offers a beautiful tool to create the so called “broken bridge” between nature and humanity. It is a portal to have "journeys" to heal and learn directly from the spirits, to feel respect and honor plant medicines, without recreational drugs or substances.
I agree that an indigenous shaman has access to much more knowledge than a shaman or shamanic practitioner who is born outside that setup, but for the mere reason that he was born in a different environment, with different resources, and different teachers. However, the shamanic path is open to everyone that feels the calling.
In an interview by livingprettynaturally.com, Mama Medicine defines a Shaman in what I think is the most accurate, simple and beautiful way: "A shaman is a person who can travel between the realms of the seen and unseen in order to restore natural balance to anyone in need of healing including places, plants, animals, and people."
Who better than a shamanic practitioner to travel between those SEEN realms that are the result of human thoughts and structures, and the UNSEEN ones that are part of the deconstruction of human limits: nature. Modern society needs more modern shamanic practitioners. The limits are imposed by stubborn trained human egos.
Of course native and indigenous people, culture, cosmology, customs, and history MUST be respected, studied, and preserved. The problem is by using the excuse of being respectful or not belonging to a culture results in not being able to explore yourself deeper and deeper, its trending. Some people say that using native robes and garments (regalia), or performing rituals, can be disrespectful.I agree, but it’s disrespectful to YOU, because that is not your essence, because you are copying something that you don't understand to attract more likes or make a cool video/post instead of exploring the depths of your own human experience. If your soul is calling you to an ancestral path, honor it, study it, and dare to be taught by your own soul and allow yourself to BE.