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Indigenous tourism as a transformative process: the case of the Emberá in Panama

Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios;
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  • Publisher: Toronto University Press
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
In this chapter I discuss how Indigenous tourism has affected the representational self-awareness of the residents of an Emberá community\ud in Panama. I approach Indigenous tourism as a transformative process that inspires the Emberá to experiment and creatively develop\ud pre-existing cultural practices, but also to articulate their identity to audiences of outsiders. I argue that Indigenous tourism has the potential to deeply\ud shape the political representation of Indigenous societies, and as such deserves special attention as a distinctive variant of cultural tourism.\ud Unlike top-down homogenizing processes that rely on national narratives, Indigenous to...
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