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6815 - SOME REFLEXIONS ABOUT ETHNIC TOURISM IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN BRAZIL

The present communication aims at proposing strategies and policies for the development of tourism activities in Indigenous Lands (from now on called I.L.s) in Brazil. Due to the complexity of the subject matter, I initially strive to present a view of what is understood as ethnotourism/ethnic tourism, a wider and more precise concept than ecotourism, since this last represents only a segment among others, of what some authors call Indigenous tourism. I then proceed to a brief account of discussions related to ethnotourism in I.L.s and present two case studies: an ethnotourism project in Pataxó I.L. in Jaqueira, Coroa Vermelha county (Bahia); and the discussions on the implementation of tourist activities in the Xingu Indigenous Park (Mato Grosso). I then present a critical analysis of part of the bibliographical material existent in FUNAI on ecotourism in I.L.s, where both the interest of some Indigenous communities in developing tourism, and the harassment to which others are subject regarding these matters, become clear. I also expose data on the international scenario of tourism in I.L.s, examining some cases in Australia, USA and South America.

Keywords: Indigenous Communities., Ethnic Tourism; Brazil

Author: Padua Chaves, Rodrigo (IEMAV, Brazil / Brasilien)

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