Now imagine if every successful television show or movie would give back to whatever made them successful.
See, this is why I protect wolf habitat and survival: not just because they're one of my totems, but because I write about wolves. They inspire me, I write about them, I protect them, and there continue to be wolves for me to enjoy. We help each other. It is a cycle, as most successful things in nature are cycles. I don't just pick up bits of tribal languages and walk away with them. I link back to language nests and tribal right petitions. I do potlucks and giveaways and know enough to do a blanket dance in rounds of 4. Because it's not just about weaving a handful of native characters into what I write, but also about living this part of my cultural heritage, and doing things that help it survive into the future. So too with crowdfunding: people give me ideas, I give them a free poem. I boost signal for creative friends, and they do the same for me. Sometimes people who feel that they're getting a lot out of the project will sponsor a piece they didn't prompt, just to make other people happy and keep it moving. That's a basic tenet of the gift economy: the gift must move. You maintain the cycle.
You give back.