Am I Guilty of Cultural Appropriation?

My art therapy uses spirit animals.

I work as an art therapist at a hospital, where I invited a group of patients to participate in an exercise based on the practices of several Indigenous American cultures. I led participants on a guided mindfulness journey to find their spirit animals. Afterward, we discussed the meanings of their animals, and patients drew pictures of them and put them on a totem pole. We discussed the internal individual experience and the group experience. The patients seemed to get a lot out of the session. But I am a white male, and one patient questioned whether it was appropriate for me to do this exercise. She claimed that it was an example of "cultural appropriation." Is she right?



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