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ERIC Number: EJ997327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Wrong Directions and New Maps of Voice, Representation, and Engagement: Theorizing Cultural Tourism, Indigenous Commodities, and the Intelligence of Participation
Martinez, Doreen E.
American Indian Quarterly, v36 n4 p545-573 Fall 2012
This research delves into the impact of established intellectual imperialistic representations and codes of culture imposed on Indigenous populations. The author offers new ways of viewing the critiques of Indigenous peoples and discussions of those representation acts by situating them within Indigenous identity and the manifestations of Indigenous representations in the burgeoning field of transnational Indigenous work. Specifically, she investigates the selling of culture through the interpretation of cultural value attached to commodities (which include cultural items for sale as well as display items found in museums and tourist locations) and the negotiation of cultural participation (as informed and knowledgeable performers and sellers of culture) by Indigenous peoples and communities. Data from various locations and events marked as Indigenous in New Zealand, the United States, and representing American Indians abroad are utilized to illustrate the relationships between cultural tourism in transnational Indigenous commodities and participants' allegiances. In investigating and analyzing the data, she contextualizes authenticity, indigeneity, and tradition in the global diasporas of transnational boundary breaking and contemporary sustainable economic, political, social, environmental, and cultural movements. Her research explores the historical nationalistic disposition and boundary making in tourists' representations of Indigenous cultures and remaps it in terms of transnational contexts, implications, and outcomes that she shows Indigeneity redrawing more actively. She utilizes a metaphoric cartography to explain and illustrate how previous expectations and imposed understandings of Indigenous cultures must be redrawn or "remapped" to more fully illuminate the landscape, terrain, and meaning of lives. (Contains 60 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; New Zealand; Norway; Sweden; United States