The High Plains Society
Applied Anthropology

Art Facilitating Contact: Discourse on Museums and Cultural Tourism

Tilly Laskey

Tourist arts are proof of native people’s ability to adapt, survive, and prosper without assimilating. Contact does not imply impurity or inauthenticity, as has been previously thought by anthropologists. The perception of tourist arts and their representation in museums is slowly improving, with museums listening to native voices and acting as incubators for cultural preservation and economic development through sponsoring arts and crafts cooperatives

High Plains Applied Anthropologist No. 1, Vol. 19, Spring, 1999 pp 47 – 52

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