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Visions and Revisions: Toraja Culture and the Tourist Gaze

Toby Alice Volkman
American Ethnologist
Vol. 17, No. 1 (Feb., 1990), pp. 91-110
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/645254
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Abstract

Ethnic tourism, a consummate form of "collection," presupposes processes of objectification that extend to "culture" itself. Such processes are not simply imposed by the demands of the international tourism industry; actors include indigenous peoples who are both "tourist objects" and reflective critics, whose cultural visions (and revisions) are shaped in part by a distinctive "tourist gaze" and in part by a dialogue with the state. These processes are explored in the Toraja highlands of Sulawesi, Indonesia, where indigenous media (houses, effigies, and ceremonies) are being recomposed, using a range of new media, as obyek turis. [tourism, representation, public culture, art, ritual, Indonesia]

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