I've seen some discourse making the rounds again that therianthropy is a "cultural appropriation" of Native American beliefs.
While "appropriation" seems to be one of those loosely defined terms that's become a buzzword in identity politics - I have found a useful definition that I can agree with.
"cultural appropriation is where people from a group that oppressed or oppresses another group mimics or represents cultural artifacts or manners of the oppressed group in a way that expresses or reinforces psychological elements of the racist ideology inherent in the colonialist project responsible for the oppression. Such appropriating mimicry can take many forms, but what unifies them will be an implicit or explicit view of other people that makes them out to be less than what they are."
Granted that this is a highly subjective topic. I can definitely see how and why someone might feel like a part of their culture is being misappropriated if they have been exposed to therianthropy on social media. Overall, though, I do not believe any therian spiritual view or mannerism mimics that of any oppressed group of people in a derogatory sense.
A philosophical view of cultural appropriation can be found here.
What are your thoughts?