Performing identity and culture in Indigenous tourism: a study of Indigenous communities in Québec, Canada
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 30, no 12, 1-14 p.
Research subject Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis, General Microdata Analysis - tourism
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-20817DOI: 10.1080/14766825.2015.1125910OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-20817DiVA: diva2:895990
ProjectsRepresentationer av urbefolkning i turism (FORMAS), delfinansierat av Svenska Sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi (SSAG)
FunderSwedish Research Council Formas