Cultural appropriation versus appreciation.
When you shop from Indigenous retailers or Indigenous artists you are supporting the community and the artists themselves.
Appreciation is when someone seeks to understand and learn about another culture in an effort to broaden their perspective and connect with others cross-culturally.
Appropriation is when you are taking an aspect of a culture that is not your own and using it for you own personal interest.
When purchasing beadwork, learn about the artists, listen to the stories, learn about the background behind the piece and learn about them as well.
Cultural harmony is achieved through knowledge. This creates awareness and understanding, which leads to an appreciation rather than appropriation of cultures.
Some items are sacred and are never to be sold or worn by other people outside other the culture. Speak with the community and people.