By Matt Springer
The concept of a Native "shape shifter" is vaguely stereotypical too. It implies Indians are especially tricky and difficult to discern, not to mention mystical and otherworldly.
So the album encompasses two prime stereotypes: the Plains warrior and the supernatural "shaman." I'd be more impressed if Santana "honored" Indians some other way. Perhaps by recognizing them as a modern and diverse range of people.
For more on Indians and music, see Kiowa Gordon Talks Music and Movies and Navajo Nation Band.