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Summer vacation is in full swing, and many families are planning trips to popular tourist destinations. According to the U.S. Travel Association, tourism in the U.S. generates $2.1 trillion in economic output. But how much of those tourist dollars are going to Native American tribes? Many tribes have attractions and activities that aim to bring tourism dollars to their communities. Travelers may be looking for an experience where they can learn and understand things outside of their own culture. Some tribes and individuals may choose to share parts of their cultural practices with visitors. Is there an ideal way to share culture without commercializing it? How can tribes benefit from tourists in a way that benefits both parties?
Camille Ferguson (Tlingit) – executive director of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
Tsimka Martin (Nuuchahnulth) – co-owner of the T’ashii Paddle School
Bertrum Tsavadawa (Hopi/Hualapai/ Havasupi) seasonal tour guide for Ancient Pathways Tours
Credit: T’ashii Paddle School
Buffalo (song) Algin Scabby Robe (artist) Along The Way: Round Dance Songs (album)