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Title: Aboriginal Cultural Tourism and Sustainability: Sociocultural Impacts of Tourism on the Manyallaluk Community


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Aboriginal Cultural Tourism and Sustainability
Sociocultural Impacts of Tourism on the
Manyallaluk Community
  • Renata Szynklarz
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Dr Tracey Firth
  • University of New South Wales

2
Background to the Study
  • Sociocultural impacts of tourism on Aboriginal
    communities a relatively unexplored area
  • To achieve sustainable Aboriginal cultural
    tourism, the sociocultural impacts of tourism on
    Aboriginal communities need to be addressed
  • Aim of the study
  • To identify local residents perceptions of the
    sociocultural impacts of tourism on the
    Manyallaluk community

3
Manyallaluk Community
Source http//www.mmaustin.clara.net/Australia
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Manyallaluk Community
  • Small Aboriginal community located near
    Katherine, Northern Territory
  • Manyallaluk Aboriginal Corporation
  • was formed in 1993
  • Famous for community-based cultural tourism
    offering a hands-on
    learning experience

5
Methodology
  • Exploratory research to identify key themes
  • Naturalistic approach using semi-structured
    interviews participant observation
  • A total of fourteen respondents were interviewed
    eleven Aboriginal and three non-Aboriginal
    Manyallaluk residents
  • Combination of purposive and snowball sampling

6
Findings
  • 1. Positive Sociocultural Impacts of Tourism
  • Revitalisation of Manyallaluk culture
  • Preservation of cultural traditions
  • Increased pride and self-confidence
  • Promotion of cross-cultural understanding

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Findings
  • 1. Positive Sociocultural Impacts of Tourism
  • Improved English language skills
  • Changed role of Aboriginal women in Manyallaluk
    society
  • Creation of direct and indirect employment
    opportunities improved quality of life

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Findings
  • 2. Negative Sociocultural Impacts of Tourism
  • Stress caused by tourist-host interaction
  • Disrespectful tourist behaviour
  • Conflicts among married couples due to jealousy
  • Gap between some tourists expectations and the
    reality of the tourism product

9
Discussion and Implications of Results
  • Tourism in general was perceived as positive
  • Division between community and tourism area needs
    to be further emphasised
  • Education and interpretation
  • Importance of the selection of the most suitable
    employees for tour guide roles

10
Conclusion
  • Understanding residents perceptions of tourism
    impacts is crucial for sustainable tourism,
    particularly for community-based Aboriginal
    cultural tourism
  • Monitoring tourism impacts will ensure that
    tourism is contributing to rather than
    undermining traditional cultural values and
    practices
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