Tourists sometimes don’t bother to learn about tribal customs or wishes before visiting. Other times tourists take things that they shouldn’t or desecrate important places. Sometimes they’re just rude. The Navajo Nation had to specifically ask visitors to stop spreading cremated human remains in the picturesque Monument Valley. Internationally, the Indigenous Anangu are expressing concern over the damage caused by thousands of tourists eager to climb Uluru, a sacred mountain in Australia, before a climbing ban takes effect in October. We’ll get tips on how to be a good tourist and consider questions to think about before traveling to a tribal area.
Sherry L. Rupert (Washoe/Paiute) – executive director of American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
Sara Mathiun – owner of Go Native America
Mona Olivas Tucker (tribal member of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and region) – tribal chair for yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and region
Louise Tsinijinnie (Navajo) – media representative for Navajo Parks and Recreation
Break 1 Music: War Cry Movement I (song) Cris Derksen (artist) The Cusp (album)
Break 2 Music: Let’s Hop to It (song) Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie (artist) Round Dance & Beats (Powwow) (album)