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    The late Michael Harner developed what is called “core shamanism” based on principles from the Americas and elsewhere, however, his work has not been without criticism from writers who have expressed concerns about accuracy and cultural appropriation.

    If you’re interested in totemic and cult animals in a British context, you could look up Charles Thomas, The Animal Art of the Scottish Iron Age and its Origins (1963). I think you’ll be able to find it online. This work explores the animal symbolism of the Pictish tribes and given that a number of Celtic tribal names seem to indicate a connection with an animal or a plant and also that there might just be some continuation between these old tribal names and later Scottish clans (some of which are occasionally described as Pictish, as opposed to Gaelic), it may well prove useful to you.