Just curious, but why arent nordic mythology, runes, (the thor movies/comics) considered cultural appropiation but using smudging and nativa american practises is? There are still people in scandinavia who practise the asa belief so it just confuses me and you seem like someone who could answer that
Imagine that you’re from a culture of shipwrights and warriors who made their fortunes sailing the rivers and coasts of Europe, interacting with the various cultures and religions of the world, trading for their goods and selling your skills as a mercenary. Imagine that one of them asks about the pendant of Thor on your neck, expressing interest in your god. Sure! You think, you’ll sell this guy a Thor pendant and tell him about your religious practices. Why not? You’ll make some gold off it.
Now Imagine you’re one of the myriad indigenous cultures of north america. Imagine you’re a group of outsiders showed up in your country and spent several generations murdering your friends and family by slaughter and disease for your resources. Imagine they made speaking your native language illegal, and made practicing your religion punishable by death, imagine how you’d react if you found out that some of the outsiders we’re practicing your religious rites without permission. You’d probably be pretty pissed.