Isn't modern shamanism in the west still heavily influenced by other countries and cultures?
Yes,and that has to be a good thing. In these times of easy worldwide travel and communication, this is a wonderful luxury that our ancestors didn’t have. Another valued teacher of mine is Don Toribio, a Peruvian Shaman from the Communidad de Q'eros in the Andes. I continue to be grateful for his teachings and friendship.There are certain nations and cultures, like Native American, Peruvian, African, for example, that have beautifully retained and integrated shamanic culture to a much higher degree than most. The indigenous shamans, medicine women and medicine men from those and other parts of the world have been, and continue to be, crucial fonts of knowledge and teachings for modern shamanic practitioners and teachers. However, I think the fact that most western cultures are not generally known as ‘shamanic’ is more to do with the fact that we left a lot of it behind rather than it never having been a part of our culture before. Shamanism is really a remembering of practices we once knew. At the same time, it is a continually evolving practice to fit with the current day and age, so new ways of working are being developed all the time, to best serve today’s communities.