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Record number 510608
Title The presentation of Bushmen in cultural tourism : Tourists images of Bushmen and the tourism provider's presentation of (Hai//om) Bushmen at Treesleeper Camp, Namibia
Author(s) Hüncke, Anna; Koot, S.P.
Source Critical Arts 26 (2012)5. - ISSN 0256-0046 - p. 671 - 689.
Department(s) Sociology of Development and Change
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) community-based tourism - cultural tourism - Hai//om Bushmen - image creation - Namibia

This article examines images of Bushmen in Namibian cultural tourism from two angles: that of the tourists and that of the community-based tourism provider. By looking at the tourist activities offered at Treesleeper Camp, it will be shown that in host-guest encounters, tourists images of (Hai//om) Bushmen interrelate with the images presented by the local hosts, and that tourists perceptions and the images sought to be transmitted by the community-based local tourism provider are (partly) different. Tourists quest for authentic Bushmen cultures often reflects the expectation of a pristine and exotic other-an image that is derived from colonial views, anthropology, media and the tourism industry. But there are also tourists who are looking for Bushmen in a process of development. The community-based cultural tourism project of Treesleeper attempts to create awareness of Bushmen using their traditions to deal with current life challenges. The dual nature of the project is the starting point for showcasing the recreation of images as well as the tourism provider's ambivalence-in order to fulfil tourists expectations-between the objectives to create awareness of the Hai//om Bushmen's cultural heritage and their contemporary life.

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