Emberá Indigenous Tourism and the Trap of Authenticity: Beyond Inauthenticity and Invention

  title={Ember{\'a} Indigenous Tourism and the Trap of Authenticity: Beyond Inauthenticity and Invention},
  author={Dimitrios Theodossopoulos},
  journal={Anthropological Quarterly},
  pages={397 - 425}
Prompted by tourist commentary that describes an Emberá community in Panama as "inauthentic" or "invented," I examine the limitations of these concepts when used to refer to cultural practices of indigenous communities. To escape from a limiting, singular vision of authenticity, I argue, attention should be paid to the multiple and overlapping meanings of the authentic as these are negotiated in particular contexts. In the case of Emberá indigenous tourism, the tourists' search for an… Expand
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