Modern Tourism

Roger TallmadgeRoger TallmadgeRoger Tallmadge Showing Off Artifacts at the Winnebago Indian Museum in Wisconsin Dells, ca. 1960
Courtesy of exhibit curator
Roger TallmadgeRoger Tallmadge Showing Off Artifacts at the Winnebago Indian Museum in Wisconsin Dells, ca. 1960
Courtesy of exhibit curator

The tourism of Native Americans has shifted over the years from management by white entrepreneurs to management by Native communities. This has also had an effect on the reasons for tourism and the types of “attractions” available. Native American groups use tourism to build stronger tribal economies through the building of casinos, gas stations, convenience stores, golf courses, hotels, restaurants, and other services, or to educate the public about their culture through tribal museums and cultural institutions. The number of tribally run cultural institutions is steadily growing. Tribes are finally able to generate enough revenue through other services to build museums and run cultural preservation programs. All of the tribes talked about in this exhibit either have cultural centers or are working on building one.

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