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PRESCOTT COLLEGE (2013)

Restorative Ecotourism as a Solution to Intergenerational Knowledge Retention : An Exploratory Study with Two Communities of San Bushmen in Botswana

Apelian, Nicole M

Titre : Restorative Ecotourism as a Solution to Intergenerational Knowledge Retention : An Exploratory Study with Two Communities of San Bushmen in Botswana

Auteur : Apelian, Nicole M

Université de soutenance : PRESCOTT COLLEGE

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2013

Résumé
The Khoisan are the most genetically ancient people on Earth, with a population once numbering 300,000. The Bushmen of Southern Africa are quickly losing their 40,000 years of indigenous knowledge due to colonialism, globalization, modernization, assimilation, land loss, and marginalization. There are now large gaps in generational knowledge, especially as people move into settlements and leave their traditional homelands. The restoration of indigenous knowledge requires the paths of intergenerational cultural transmission to be reestablished (Florey, 2009). This dissertation examines whether indigenous knowledge can be perpetuated intergenerationally with the aid of indigenous-based restorative ecotourism. Indigenous-based restorative ecotourism promotes empowerment and local engagement, is responsive to local value systems, and aims to halt marginalization in communities. Using exploratory research within a qualitative paradigm and ethnographic narrative inquiry and semi-structured interviews, I examine the effect of ecotourism on two communities of Nharo and Ju/’hoansi Bushmen through two questions : 1) How has ecotourism changed these two communities and 2) Can restorative ecotourism support intergenerational knowledge retention ? The data show that these Nharo and Ju/’hoansi Bushmen want to keep their culture, that they see value in the intergenerational transmission of indigenous knowledge, and that this is happening in both communities involved in ecotourism ventures. I conclude that this system of ecotourism is culturally restorative, and leads to increased indigenous knowledge retention in these communities without further exploitation

Mots clés : Cultural anthropology ; Sub Saharan Africa studies ; Sustainability ; Recreation and tourism

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