Inuit Tourism in the Americas

In the article, Tourism to Greenland:Renewed Ethnicity, the author described the turning point of tourism becoming a main source of economic development around the early 1980’s.  The author also explained the Inuit’s view towards the increasing number of tourists and showed how they changed for the better to adapt to this newfound attraction and embrace it. This be from the selling of certain sculptures or stones, and a strong relationship with the danish on how to improve the Island not for just the tourists, but for everyone living there. Greenland became a new frontier to explore for many Europeans with the attraction of hunting, fishing, and sledging and with the Inuits on board to share their land and culture, this made a easy transition for tourism to be developed in a well mannered fashion. The author is of credible source as she is the research professor of anthropology at California State University, Chico and has also written many articles relating to culture and tourism. The article though was published back in September of 1982 and more explains the development of Tourism in that area during the early 1980’s and could be used for a correlation of data for tourism now a days. The author intended this to be towards a general audience. The author though i noticed went off topic when discussing Greenland’s history and veered from what the title and main paragraph described as Inuits’s tourism industry in this area. An example would be the discussion of Vikings which suggests its filler material in my eyes.

The second article, Tourism and Native Americans-6.3, the author explains the several impacts of tourism throughout the many different regions of the Americas. With the new found attraction of the Inuit culture, tourism boomed after they embraced a sort of folk culture where mainly people would learn of this unknown Inuit culture threw arts, crafts, and annual shows without regard for how this influx of tourism is affecting their native culture. This gave the tourist an inside view of how the Inuits lived in surrounding regions before the heavy impact of tourism came in the 1980’s. Though the author explained how low density regions would often be impacted negatively with a influx of tourists because of the lack of amenities such as hotels, restaurants, and basic public services that the Inuits were all to struggling to get at the time. I could not find any relevant information about the author and could find only this article that she had written. I believe this article was meant to inform a specific audience that wanted to learn about the affects of tourism throughout North America.

 

Valene, S. L. (n.d.). Tourism to Greenland: Renewed Ethnicity? Retrieved February 15, 2017, from https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/tourism-greenland-renewed-ethnicity

Smith, E. M. (n.d.). Tourism and Native Americans – 6.3. Retrieved February 15, 2017, from https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/tourism-and-native-americans-63

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Thoughts on the Siberian Yupiks

Spanning from the northern areas of Canada and Alaska, to as far east as the Russian border with Siberia lie the birthplace of the Inuits and there many different tribes. With very harsh winter conditions in many of the places the Inuits inhabit and a lack of access to nutritional soil led to the establishment of a hunter gatherer society that had its own adaptations into their culture. The Siberian Yupik people are a indigenous Inuit group native to the eastern part of Russia known as Siberia. This Inuit tribe had peaked my interest due to there knowledge and craftsmanship of many art pieces made with the materials given to them by nature showing the strong value placed on creativity and the well being of one another. Many Inuits would make standing or even moving sculptures that were made from walrus tusks and/or whale bones and used putty or something similar to this to craft their Art. This art is on display in many different museums around Alaska and even in Russia, one example being at the university of Fairbanks, Alaska. Many Inuits hold classes or seminars in which they teach and show their cultures through the use of making common tools, weaving and braiding, or through their means and ways of cooking the food native to them ; with whale blubber being a food option under high scrutiny from the general public. Located mainly along the northern hemisphere as shown in Map 1, the Inuits never expanded past their realm of expertise within the harsh and cold winter like conditions, but continued to adapt to progress towards living in harmony and coincide with the neighboring cultures and people.The first map shows the vast areas in which the Inuits had or do inhabit currently. Siberian Yupiks were knowledgeable of the change that was to come in their future and many moved from their island tribes (Map 2) to the mainland to help expand and enrich the Inuit culture within that area instead of living a more separated lifestyle. The second maps pays close attention to the panhandle of Russia where the Siberian Yupiks were all from. This was also due to the addition of many new tools of technology and the affect of dwindling food resources as a result of over hunting certain areas and animals along with the affect of climate change.This puts all of the Inuits long held traditional values at risk as their ways of life are becoming harder to maintain and pursue and maybe this prompts the question if the Inuits are succumbing to the adaptation of time not due to the invasion of men or a different culture, but the unknown consequences of climate change.

Culture and Travel

My travel bug has been itching ever since my Mom and Dad would take me on vacations to Montana or Disney World, but as a child i was never focused on learning about other cultures as much as I am now. I have visited only a handful of countries and continents around the world and my urge to explore many more diverse landscapes and cultures has taken over these past couple of months. Looking at all the exchange students coming in has really sparked my interest in travelling to those places to study abroad and learn all the information I can from that culture. From when I went to Hawaii this was a magical experience and I was able to learn about all the Polynesian customs and traditions and got to try out many of there different style dishes and historical landmarks that are significant to that culture. I would highly recommend anyone go to any island of Hawaii and you will be mesmerized by the beauty and culture it has. I have always wanted to visit the country of France because of the fact I have taken many french classes before and learned a lot about the different landscapes in France from the Alp,s to Paris, to the gardens of Versailles. Which this much diversity in the landscape fuels my adventurous side and then having those placed be embedded with strong sub cultural french groups that have many different dialects and traditions because of how each section of France chooses to live. Many Americans and many french have very biased view on each other because we dont understand or take the time to learn about the cultural customs when visiting a new country and the French people very highly praise an individual when they take the time to learn how to act and behave as a normal french citizen would. Lastly, I would love to visit Thailand and everything it has to offer. From the amazing food and breath taking landscapes to the humble and caring people that inhabit Thailand. A fun fact is that most people you meet from this area are so very nice, they offer you a place to stay if you were to come visit their country and we as Americans may see this as odd, this is a cultural example of their interconnection between friends and family as the line runs thin in this culture.I cant get over due to how bizarre and pristine the landscapes look( only in some parts) from when I watched a travel documentary on this place. When you first think of Thailand many people immediately think of Bangkok and how dirty and crowded it can be, but people don’t open up there perspective to see the vast richness of culture Thailand has to offer and not just based on the bias of one city. Having the ability to travel in itself is a blessing I dont take for granted and to be able to one day visit another continent with whole different culture and background of people will be something I will carry with me for the rest of my life in hopes those experiences will make me the person I want to become.