Indians 4 Sale: Using Culture as a Commodity

Curated by Kendall Tallmadge

Eagle DanceEagle DanceThe Eagle Dance, a traditional dance from the Southwest Pueblos. Photo featured in Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial brochure, 1978.
Courtesy of Trumble Photography
Wisconsin Dells BrochureWisconsin Dells BrochureWisconsin Dells Winter Brochure featuring Native American man with skis, 1970
Courtesy of Trumble Photography
Eagle DanceWisconsin Dells Brochure

Native American participation in the tourist industry extends over 100 years. The purpose of this exhibit is to introduce you to two different regions of Native America and provide an overview of the ways in which various tribes capitalized on or were affected by tourist presence. In the American Southwest, much of the tourism focuses on traditional arts and crafts, creating a strong artisan presence that continues in the area today. In Wisconsin, the non-reservation Ho-Chunk participated mainly in live cultural displays and interactions. Both regions continue to participate in some form of tourism to this day.

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Sponsored by Anne Ray Charitable Trust and BF Foundation

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