Title: Indigenous Sustainable Tourism and the Approach of Atmosphere: Tsou’s Laiji Village and Andou Tadao’s Church of the Mountain
Stream: First Nations and Indigenous Peoples
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Ming Lin, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
In response to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 11: "Sustainable Cities and Communities", and 16: "Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions", drawing on contemporary theories in tourist studies, psychology, architecture, the arts, and human geography, this research explores the relationship between stakeholders in an indigenous community when seeking to achieve community sustainable development via tourism. Because of the global trend of transforming indigenous peoples’ land into tourist sites, there has been research looking at the positive and negative impacts of tourism development in indigenous communities, and at the concept of treating tourism as a way of achieving community sustainable development. While most research sees one community as a single entity, this research focuses on the dynamic interaction among various stakeholders within one community. Also, most research has discussed related issues in a dualistic way, but this research wants to break away from that and pay more attention, and be more open to, interactions, hybridisation, exchanges between objects, and explore how they are woven together. This research discusses the interface between atmospheres and tourists visiting indigenous villages, taking The Tsou’s Laiji Village, Taiwan, in terms of the development project of Andou Tadao‘s Church of the Mountain in Alishan, as a case study. This research shows how various stakeholders are involved in the decision-making process, and how the decision of "keeping the atmosphere of home peaceful and quiet" was made. This research also addresses the need for the further development of theories, analyses and observations of "atmosphere" as part of the future.
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