The Stranger, the Native and the Land
Perspectives on Indigenous Tourism

Claudia Notzke     

Captus University Publications, ISBN 978-1-895712-69-8 (2006)
340 pages, 630 g, 7 X 10, $39.50 (US$31.50)

An ideal text for courses in aboriginal tourism, development studies, and native studies in general.

The Stranger, the Native and the Land: Perspectives on Indigenous Tourism shines a critical light on the opportunities and constraints that indigenous people face when engaging in tourism — trying to maximize the benefits and minimize the threats to their culture, their land and their communities.

This book is based on the author's personal travel experience and observations on four continents, on fieldwork, and a synthesis of published and unpublished literature in the field. It provides insights into the Canadian aboriginal tourism scene and investigates indigenous tourism issues on a global scale. The book primarily explores indigenous tourism phenomena that capitalize on an aboriginal identity and sense of place, using the cornerstones of indigenous tourism—"the stranger", "the native", and "the land”— to structure its contents. In addition, this text examines important topics that are particular to indigenous tourism, such as the operational environment of the industry, the complex relationship between indigenous peoples and ecotourism, the myth and reality of community-based tourism, and the challenges and opportunities posed by globalization.

This book alerts indigenous decision-makers to the fact that significant negative impacts may occur if tourism is not approached in a cautious, holistic and knowledge-based manner. It also shows that if employed wisely, tourism may aid in aboriginal people's economic, political and social emancipation. The book encourages visitors to aboriginal territory to be responsible travellers rather than consumers of culture. Highlighting issues characteristic of the indigenous context, the book is an invaluable resource to tourism professionals and practitioners.

Table of Contents   top

1. Indigenous Perspectives on Tourism
2. The Operational Environment of Indigenous Tourism
3. The Stranger...
4. ...the Native...
5. ...and the Land
6. Indigenous Participation in Ecotourism
7. Community-Based Tourism: Facts and Fiction
8. Outlook
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About the Author   top

Associate Professor Claudia Notzke studied geography, social anthropology and geology in Germany, South Africa and Canada. She has carried out fieldwork on Third World and Fourth World issues in Southern Africa, the United States and Canada. She taught geography at the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge, and now is an Associate Professor in the International Program of the Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge, where she teaches courses and conducts research in the fields of environmental management and sustainable tourism development.