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dc.contributor.supervisor Frohlick, Susan (Anthropology) en
dc.contributor.author Herrera, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned 2007-09-17T12:42:04Z
dc.date.available 2007-09-17T12:42:04Z
dc.date.issued 2007-09-17T12:42:04Z
dc.identifier.citation Herrera, Jessica (2006). Lessons from the Equator Initiative: The Casa Matsiguenka Community-Based Ecotourism Lodge Enterprise in Manu National Park, Peru. http://www.umanitoba.ca/institutes/natural_resources/pdf/Jessica_paper_edited_March_2006.pdf en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/2832
dc.description.abstract The Peruvian government has used a top-down colonial approach to nature-based conservation. This approach has effectively marginalized Indigenous people located in designated protected areas. For the Matsiguenka communities inhabiting Manu National Park, such an approach has created socioeconomic and political problems. Ecotourism is given to them as the only socioeconomic development option for the acquisition of supplementary income to their subsistence lifestyle and for their integration into the global capitalist economy. My research questions include: 1) whether or not marginalized Indigenous groups are given a chance to negotiate their own cultural values, knowledge and practices within the context dominated by global capitalism forces, such as the international tourism industry, and 2) how neo-liberal strategies such as ecotourism, which is sold as an economic panacea for communities in out-of-the-way-places such as the Peruvian rainforest, work in practice. I draw upon narratives on ecotourism, collected in my five-month fieldwork, as told by the multiple stakeholders of ecotourism. I use these narratives to highlight the complexities, pitfalls and incongruent, hegemonic and predatory nature of ecotourism as it plays out in Manu National Park. Through their Multicommunal Enterprise Matsiguenka, these traditionally hunter and gatherer people are courageously and creatively venturing into the ecotourism industry hoping to benefit their communities. However, the “wild” competition in the “green” capitalist market makes this type of venture a great challenge. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject ecotourism en
dc.subject conservation en
dc.subject indigenous people en
dc.subject rainforest en
dc.subject protected areas en
dc.subject Manu National Park en
dc.subject Peru en
dc.subject Matsiguenka people en
dc.subject indigenous enterprise en
dc.subject indigenous negotiation en
dc.subject Amazon en
dc.subject capitalism en
dc.subject Perú en
dc.subject Parque Nacional Manu en
dc.subject ecoturismo en
dc.subject ecoturismo comunitarion en
dc.subject community-based ecotourism en
dc.subject empresa indígena en
dc.subject áreas protegidas en
dc.subject conservación de la naturaleza en
dc.subject naturaleza en
dc.subject capitalismo en
dc.subject nature en
dc.title "A little lizard among crocodiles": ecotourism and indigenous negotiations in the Peruvian rainforest en
dc.degree.discipline Anthropology en
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Wiest, Ray (Anthropology) Berkes, Fikret (Natural Resources Institute) en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en
dc.description.note October 2007 en


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