Dean MacCannell nicely captured an aspect of this problem in his concept ” staged authenticity.” This term refers to the staging of local culture to create an. Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. This chapter reviews the staged authenticity in cultural arrangements beyond tourism and the implications of this relocation, also exploring Dean MacCannell.

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Real (or) Staged? Authenticity and Cultural Portrayal in Indigenous Tourism

Our results show shifting positions between visitors and operators, within the authenticinauthentic spectrum. Consequently, an increasing number of indigenous communities all over the world are becoming important members of the tourist industry [ 3 ].

The need to pass down stories from one generation to the next has also been revived since their children must learn their ancestral history if they too are to be successful in the tourism staegd. However, the subsequent discussion of the results does not necessarily replicate this categorisation. This authenticity polysemy can be advantageous in inviting the understanding of authentic within the cultural contexts of its production [ 1 ].

In regard to the use of the term authenticity, we are aware of the multiplicity of meaning under negotiation at any given discussion about authenticity.

Furthermore, indigenous tourism is seen as a way of reducing welfare dependency and strengthening cultural identity among Aboriginal people, as well as being a means of positioning Australia as a culturally distinctive destination [ 313 ].

The Ethics of Sightseeing Author s: University Press Scholarship Online. Stages solution is likely to be found in local capacity building and multi-stakeholder engagement, not least the involvement of authenricity authorities authneticity the mainstream tourism sector. In addition, there was a marked preference for purchasing souvenirs directly from the communities that produced them. This study examined the perceptions of authenticity in cultural portrayals by both visitors and indigenous tourism operators in Far North Queensland.

The Aboriginal people are sharing over ,year old secrets; information which is easily marketable and which people can use for personal commercial gains. A semistructured survey questionnaire was used to gather information from visitors while interviews with Aboriginal tourism operators tended to be more unstructured.

Incidentally, since any presentation of culture outside its traditional context can betray cultural heritage, those opposed to indigenous tourism also accuse its practitioners of the unlawful sale of cultural traditions and practices [ 8 ]. One respondent stated that they would only purchase artifacts and artwork if the pieces came with documentation certifying the item was created by an Aboriginal artist.


Visitors were selected using convenience sampling while indigenous tourism operators were selected using a combination of purposeful and convenience sampling [ 20 ]. Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: All the indigenous tourism operators interviewed for this study claimed not to have experienced any negative repercussions from tourism and to have actually benefited from the influx of visitors.

The primary sentiment among those who expressed mixed feelings was that they had witnessed a staged performance based on the actual culture.

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One person interviewed said that he frequently sees Aborigines drunk in the streets of Cairns so, therefore, he does not think they are nice people. Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals Ann Jose ankara escort. Tourists are more likely to resort to make-believe to overlook any shortcomings in order to have an authentic experience [ 18 ], which could explain why there authenticit an overwhelming number of authentic responses in this study. We found evidence of this in this study, where one of the businesses we visited was working to modernize its display of culture and explained the difficulty in maintaining cultural authenticity while simultaneously working to increase visitor numbers.

CDs and DVDs were barely selected at all.

Staged Authenticity Today

Tribal acceptance has been cited as one of the critical factors for sustainable and successful cultural tourism [ 10 ]. Agri and Aquaculture Journals Dr. In this study, the indigenous operators stressed the importance of protecting sites that would be inappropriate to share with outsiders or with specific gender.

Some of the operators explained that they do not share cultural information pertaining to the use of medicinal plants in their territories as doing so would stagedd their cultural intellectual property rights. Home Publications Conferences Register Contact. Search my Subject Specializations: The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews using semistructured questionnaires.

Opinion is divided as to whether such presenters can portray real authentic culture. The tendency for tourists to develop notions of what they expect to experience, and to often value something that conforms to these expectations over a truly authentic display of culture, has also been reported by Culler maccwnnell 24 ]. Print Save Cite Email Share.


Among study participants who had not yet taken part in an indigenous tourist experience, a authentictiy pattern in preference existed. Tourists consider personal interaction with Aboriginal people a critical component of an authentic indigenous tourism experience. A common theme throughout all of the interviews with the tourism operators was the necessity to tailor the experience to the audience.

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Two of the business operations allowed their guides to exercise personal discretion about how much of their culture they are willing to share. The continued growth in this tourism sub-sector has been attributed to a shift in tourist desires away from trips involving participation with modernized, centered cultures to experiences with groups who have historically been along the margins [ 2 ]. Instead, the independent indigenous tour operators see visitors as a way to make money while still maccabnell on their ancestral lands and continuing to engage in their traditional practices and belief systems [ 38 ].

Notwithstanding the small number of Aboriginal tour operators interviewed, their stories were deep, and comprehensive enough to warrant comparison with the interview responses obtained from tourists. Indigenous tourism business interviewees were selected based on their knowledge of the organization they were working for length of employment.

The region is very popular with tourists. This means that they had little cultural exposure when they were growing up; reasons of which are outside the scope of this paper. This however, leads to auhtenticity question of who should hold the power to decide what is traditional, and therefore authentic cultural performance.

Select your language of interest to view the total content in your interested language. Indigenous people have a right to protect traditional knowledge and sacred cultural material [ 27 ]. It poses the same ability to recreate history and customs as early autgenticity of imperial exploitation and, therefore, presents a brand new host of challenges to communities in terms of maintaining power and identity [ 37 ].