Tourism Gone Astray?

Using the specific examples of the Maasai of Kenya and the Māori of New Zealand, this blog deconstructs how Western perceptions influence the tourist activity of cultural performances and the displayed indigenous people's identities.

Have you ever been a tourist in a foreign land? At your travel destination was there an indigenous population? Have you seen a cultural performance?

My abroad travels and studies of culture have made evident that indigenous populations largely lack a voice in the top media sources of western societies, for example Fox News. Investigating how indigenous people are portrayed and how they are conversely not portrayed needs to be examined. 

I Am A Tourist

As a child, I often traveled with my family to countries abroad (Bali, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Fiji, Australia, Palau in Micronesia, French Polynesia, ect.), to enjoy beaches and various cultures.  In Bali I experienced ritual performances and dances; all of the participants were lavishly costumed.  In Fiji we watched a performance of swaying hips in hula skirts and harmonious singing voices, drank cava, and after the short interaction went back to the comfort of my hotel and the beach.