I am also totally late to this thread (judging by when it was started, and nobody has replied in a good month or two lol) but it is precisely one of the things on my mind lately and often in my recent past (the 4 and some years I've been trying to learn my path) I am "mutt" as seems to be the favoured term. Haha French and Native American on moms side. To further break down: Mi'qmak, Mohegan on her fathers side. Her mother's father was adopted and lived on a reserve (I need to go find out again where this was, embarrassing... Of all the most traceable things in family history I should know this). He labelled everything in Michif that we have found of his which is REALLY curious because I thought that was more used westward in Canada...and he was from the east. But he had no Native blood that we are aware of. However he grew up fully immersed in the culture of his parents. (Unlike the rest of us in the family, including those with actual native blood lol how's that for irony). My father is proud Scottish (obsessed with that aspect of his heritage, pushes the family tree and clan history on everyone but ignoring the Irish, welsh also from his mother's side) And his grandfather and grandmother were German, all of his family traced before this, from Germany entirely. So native, German, Scottish, welsh, Irish, French. 6 ingredients (which could be further broken down by tribes, clans, geographical origin, religion, etc) So am I picking a tradition from among these? Don't even have a clue yet lol The only learning along the lines of the craft that I had passed down to me to any extent was from my German great grandfather and maybe sorta my grandfather (but he kinda checked out and became alcoholic, and now both are passed) and a bit from my non-native great grandfather who grew up on a reserve lol...(mostly to do with herbs, natural medicines) and I mean all of this was so minimal... I was physically/geographically separated from most of my extended family most of the time after maybe the first 5-9 years of life. But... I can't help feeling like I am supposed to be learning something associated with my heritage/bloodlines... It's sad everyone was as scattered and tragic and far away or just dead and gone as they were, while I was growing up, but...there are no decisions made for me and if I do commit to a particular name-able path of any sort it will be a matter of the heart regardless. As for now... I'm doing what I know, what I'm drawn to and what works... But still feel like I'm not quite "on" the track I should be yet.. :) Cultural appropriation? Well... The truth is, unless you grew up immersed in the practices of any of those, the actual people in these geographical locations who DID grow up with their traditions will laugh and see you as an outsider largely. All of them. Some in fact will guard even the most trivial aspects of their way of life from outsiders. And if you push to learn, you will be seen as appropriating or "stealing" in many cases. This is very difficult when you are a mutt from a transplanted family history because, well, we didn't very well start a whole new culture, religion, traditions etc of our own entirely that has no ties to the past. So do we ever belong anywhere fully? ;) But we are all getting more and more mixed, and this approach is getting older and older... It's a strange wiggly line is what. And much of the "walling up" encountered will only serve to hinder the preservation of ways of life, thought and practice. But remember it's often done because of cultural theft and then complete bastardization and abuse of traditions to make money, sell books, run super fake religious "retreats"...and the list goes on. I guess the best thing to do is listen to those who actually know what they are talking about should they decide to share with you, show the upmost respect. Make deep friendships and connections and don't claim you know everything because you read a book about the place your great great great grandmother lived lol It still doesn't sit right with me to have absolutely no history/cultural exposure growing up/blood (at least one of these) affiliated with a practice/tradition/lifestyle and then take it (from modern books) and claim this is you, your identification 100% of course but this is an ever changing world and I do believe sharing and learning will happen for those searching for the right reasons and behaving respectfully.