Tribal Cultural Tourism as a Tool for Community and Economic Development


In this presentation, Sandra Anderson, IT and Website Development Coordinator and Aimee Awonohopay, Public Lands Program Manager, both at the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) discuss ways in which communities can address the needs of tourists who are seeking an authentic Native experience as well as how can museums and cultural sites become such destinations. The presenters provide the resources needed to help start or enhance a tribal tourism program and share case studies of how tourism successfully enhanced preservation and engaged communities at Grand Canyon and along Route 66. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.