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Performing identity and culture in Indigenous tourism: a study of Indigenous communities in Québec, Canada
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography. (CeTLeR)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4919-4462
Uppsala Universitet, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, ISSN 1476-6825, E-ISSN 1747-7654, Vol. 30, no 12, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this paper is to analyze the ways in which Indigenous tourism affects representations of identity and culture, and how tourism practices are described, negotiated and related to development in Indigenous communities. This aim is met through a study, including interviews and observations in Québec, Canada, where Indigenous tourism has received increased attention and economic importance in recent years. Tourism is put forward as positive for economic as well as social and cultural development, through alternative income opportunities and the revalorization of traditions and cultural practices. Individuals from four different ethnic nations were involved in the study: Innu (formerly known as Montagnais), Cree (Eeyou), Wôbanaki (Abénakis) and Hurons (Wendat). From the interviews conducted for this study, we find that Indigenous tourism influences the ways in which individuals see themselves, and how they perceive their identity and culture. Through the production of Indigenous tourism products, the notion of authenticity is challenged, and performed in ways that benefit contemporary life within the communities. But these performances may also reproduce or challenge traditional Indigenous identities, and fuel tensions and conflicts between different groups within the communities.

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2015. Vol. 30, no 12, 1-14 p.
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Human Geography
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Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis, General Microdata Analysis - tourism
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-20817DOI: 10.1080/14766825.2015.1125910OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-20817DiVA: diva2:895990
Representationer av urbefolkning i turism (FORMAS), delfinansierat av Svenska Sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi (SSAG)
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2016-01-20 Created: 2016-01-20 Last updated: 2017-01-01Bibliographically approved

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