Tribal Encounters and Anthropological Journeys, to be credible and meaningful in terms of sustainable tourism – require prior informed consent.
Our Anthropological Journeys, specifically trips tours and itineraries that bring travelers and tourism into direct contact with indigenous peoples, are structured to instil a sense of humility and state of mind that is amenable to learning from others. To bring together the traveller, an undoubtedly consumptive industry, and those whose worlds, or constructed versions of them, are being displayed, in a credible, dignified and sensitive manner is no mean feat. It requires research, piercing the veil thrown up by words like “sustainable tourism”, and understanding of the real issues faced by individual communities, tribes, clans and groups.
In order for Indigenous Peoples to be active agents in our tours, to have control over travel initiatives, to become successful partners with us, and to take part in the decision-making process and policy-making regarding trips, it is necessary to obtain prior informed consent.
Prior-informed consent means that the people with whom we interact make decisions based on knowledge about both the pros and cons of and travel interaction. The people involved have to have all of the information, both the ‘enterprise concept’ which promotes the traditionally flouted benefits of ‘tourism’, as well as all the facts regarding the potential downside. This is the trademark of informed consent.
Tribal Encounters, Anthropological Trips, Itineraries & Excursions
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