Indigenous Tourism Movements

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Alexis C. Bunten, Nelson Graburn
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2018 - Cultural property - 268 pages

Cultural tourism is frequently marketed as an economic panacea for communities whose traditional ways of life have been compromised by the dominant societies by which they have been colonized. Indigenous communities in particular are responding to these opportunities in innovative ways that set them apart from their non-Indigenous predecessors and competitors.

Indigenous Tourism Movements explores Indigenous identity using "movement" as a metaphor, drawing on case studies from throughout the world including Botswana, Canada, Chile, Panama, Tanzania, and the United States. Editors Alexis C.Bunten and Nelson Graburn, along with a diverse group of contributors, frame tourism as a critical lens to explore the shifting identity politics of Indigeneity in relation to heritage, global policy, and development. They juxtapose diverse expressions of identity - from the commodification of Indigenous culture to the performance of heritage for tourists - to illuminate the complex local, national, and transnational connections these expressions produce.

Indigenous Tourism Movements is a sophisticated, sensitive, and refreshingly frank examination of Indigeneity in the contemporary world.


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About the author (2018)

Alexis C. Bunten manages the Indigeneity Program for the Bioneers Collective Heritage Institute, based in San Francisco, California.

Nelson Graburn is a professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley.

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