Integrating indigenous knowledge systems into cultural tourism planning

Hyams, William, Valentine, Peter, Birtles, Alastair, and Grant, Ernie (2008) Integrating indigenous knowledge systems into cultural tourism planning. In: Proceedings of the International Conference 2008: cultural and event tourism: issues & debates. pp. 310-337. From: International Conference 2008: cultural and event tourism: issues & debates, 5 - 9 November 2008, Alanya, Turkey.

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The paper explores how indigenous knowledge has been integrated within from Aboriginal cultural tourism enterprises in the Girringun region of northern Queensland, Australia. The case-study is discussed in the context of the linkages between Aboriginal cultural tourism, Aboriginal cultural heritage and cultural landscapes in World Heritage Areas. The paper questions whether the Girringun region is best promoted for tourism based on the iconic “reef” and "rainforest" imagery of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas. The research reveals how the holistic cultural heritage of the region's Aboriginal custodians, or traditional owners, is expressed through place-based and historically dynamic indigenous knowledge. Using a mixed methods methodology the design of the study is guided by a Holistic Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Planning framework based on the interconnectivity of indigenous knowledge systems linking land, language and culture. The historical displacement and marginalisation of the Aboriginal people of the region is explored through the cultural heritage expressions of each of the tours. The study provides a powerful insight into the possibilities of cultural tourism to support the empowerment of marginalised local and indigenous communities and the challenges in achieving recognition of a destination's multilayered place identities.

Item ID: 7650
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-9944-223-73-7
Keywords: indigenous knowledge; aboriginal cultural tourism; cultural heritage; World Heritage
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2010 23:22
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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