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

Smith, E. M. (n.d.). Tourism and Native Americans – 6.3. Retrieved February 15, 2017, from