Tourism as theatre: performing and consuming indigeneity in an Australian wildlife sanctuary

Picard, David, Pocock, Celmara and Trigger, David (2014) Tourism as theatre: performing and consuming indigeneity in an Australian wildlife sanctuary. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 12 3: 206-223. doi:10.1080/14766825.2014.933967

Author Picard, David
Pocock, Celmara
Trigger, David
Title Tourism as theatre: performing and consuming indigeneity in an Australian wildlife sanctuary
Journal name Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-7654
Publication date 2014-07-07
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14766825.2014.933967
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Start page 206
End page 223
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
3316 Cultural Studies
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
1409 Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
3313 Transportation
Abstract This article explores the social and cultural production of indigeneity in a wildlife sanctuary on the Australian Gold Coast. We note that the human and animal characters that form the displays of the sanctuary work towards the assemblage of a largely consistent underlying theme. The latter reproduces commensurability between two main figures associated with Australian settler history, namely the country's pre-colonial indigenous species of animals and plants and the human Aboriginal population. We argue that the theatre produced in the park's highly sanitized visitor contact zone has wider social and political ramifications for Australian society and modern society in general. By ceremonially re-enacting the historical myth of separation between modern civilization and primordial indigeneity, through a tourist enterprise, the sanctuary produces ambivalent meanings about the relation between ‘nativeness’ in nature and society. Our analysis addresses the simultaneous emancipation of contemporary human indigeneity as a revitalized cultural value together with the social distancing of Aboriginal people as one-dimensional caricatures of primordial nature.
Keyword Tourism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 7 July 2014

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