Typically, Anaya said, a New Age spiritualist will know some of the sweat lodge details and perhaps a snippet of Lakota language. They’re all about trying to create a ceremony, not about treating it as a way of life.
“These people running these lodges, they see it a few times and they think they can do it,” he said.
These wannabes sometimes hand out certificates—“they start handing out (Indian) names like cigars,” Anaya said, derisively suggesting someone can become “Squeaking Squirrel Butt” overnight.
“They’re being charged for the name. There’s no honor, there’s no commitment,” he said.