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Aboriginal tourism

  • Raynald Harvey LemelinEmail author
  • Freya Higgins-Desbiolles
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-01669-6_1-1

Aboriginal tourism is defined as special events (corroboree, dances, festivals, pow-wows), experiential tourism (guided hikes, interpretation, wildlife tourism, applied activities), arts and crafts, museums, historical re-creations, restaurants, accommodations, and casinos that involve aboriginal cultures and are offered by or are located in aboriginal communities and/or lands (Getz and Jamieson 1997). It can also include memorials and commemorations at battlefields and contested terrains and opportunities derived from the comanagement of protected areas. Ownership (in part or whole) by aboriginal communities or businesses or by not-for-profit entities is an essential component of these tourism products (Kapashesit et al. 2011).

Framing aboriginal tourism

As Lemelin and Blangy (2009) explained, the term aboriginal tourism can be problematic with some scholars arguing that the terms aboriginal, indigenous, Indian, or native are colonial terms possessing little if any meaning for the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raynald Harvey Lemelin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Freya Higgins-Desbiolles
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Outdoor Recreation Parks and TourismLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada
  2. 2.University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Department of TourismUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand