Monday, September 14, 2009

The Return of White Ego Fraud


Rachel Holzwarth (aka "Suraj Holzwarth" aka "White Eagle Medicine Woman") laid low for a bit after lots of Native American groups protested her "prayerformances" and workshops. At these events she charges outrageous fees to white people to watch her mimic pipe ceremony and other Native American ceremonies of which she has no knowledge and to which she has no right. She claims to be Seneca, because she had a dream she's Seneca. She's not Seneca. She belongs to no Native American or First Nations community. She parades around in fake ceremonial regalia, and gave herself the oh-so-humble name, "White Eagle Medicine Woman". She's no medicine woman. She is a fraud, making her living off the ignorance of non-Natives who think they can buy their way to enlightenment.

When gig after gig on the mainland US was shut down by Native protestors, she just moved to Hawaii, and used a private mailing list to solicit marks and charge even more money for private workshops. In this video promoting a Hawaii event, she made stunningly racist statements about how she's here to heal Indians of "anger and negativity" and "release their souls" and "heal our stories"... or something. Sickening stuff.

As I mentioned here, at times she has tried to dissemble about her activities by claiming they are "Celtic". Nope, no one bought that lie, either. But it hasn't stopped her. Like all perennial frauds, she just waited it out and has now broken all the promises she made. She has returned to the mainland and is planning more appearances and workshops.

At the Michigan protest she promised not to wear her fake Native regalia anymore, among other things. As all recent photos and videos show, she has broken every promise she made. She is also selling chant books and tapes that appear to me to contain copyright violations from multiple First Nations artists as well as Neopagan ones.

Don't Pay to Pray has posted an update with lots of links here: YouTube Action: White Eagle Woman's At It Again!

Another of Mtig49's videos about Holzwarth. Though I will note that he has reproduced Holzwarth's claims to be "A trained Strega Wiccan priestess". I don't think this is true, either. Obviously, this crap she's selling has nothing to do with Stregheria, and I've never heard of anyone from those communities claiming her, either. It looks like Rachel/Suraj has claimed to be all sorts of things over the years, tailoring her self-description to whatever market she's keen to exploit.


crossposted to craobh caorann

2 comments:

The WarHawk said...

Just watch this.... placing a blanket at her feet like she is royalty..... what happened to touching the earth like I have been taught!!! Love when white woman from town is claiming WE are all one tribe.....
WRONG!! Hence the word "tribe"....WE are all one "people and we are many Tribes.... Clans ect...... I do love people of culture and love the fact that the human race has MANY cultures they can call their own and live by what was taught to them as young people and carry on beautiful traditions....

Tribe or Individuality does not mean to hate all other cultures of people, Native Americans and so many other peoples in this world teach there families their customs for having their roots embedded into them with grace and respect, amongst many other teachings that another culture may not practice!!!!......
Our individuality as tribes, clans peoples and the the other many cultures that exist should not be infringed upon and put into a melting pot to loose our identity as the people we were, are and will be!!! If you practice your heritage be true to thy self....

Unknown said...

How disgusting and disrespectful to the first nations people. We have one of our own here, seems they train one another in the art form.