I always feel a little guilty when I work with ethnic or cultural themes or motifs when I'm not part of the culture. I have Mexican and Spanish ancestry, but I have no relationship to that heritage, for example. When I draw Kokopelli or Tawaret, I feel just a bit uncomfortable.
At what point do cultural and ethnic symbols and rituals belong to the world instead of just those born to them? Obviously there are no Ancient Egyptians or Ancestral Puebloans these days, but their descendants are here. Do they own the Zia and the Pyramids?
I like to think it makes me careful to be respectful when I portray these ideas. I do so much enjoy working with them.