Reclaiming identity and territory: events and indigenous culture

Zeppel, Heather (2013) Reclaiming identity and territory: events and indigenous culture. In: Events, society and sustainability: critical and contemporary approaches. Routledge Advances in Event Research . Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom, pp. 95-114. ISBN 9781136481949


This chapter reviews the socio-cultural benefits and impacts of Indigenous festivals, along with the politics of Indigenous identity and cultural authenticity at events. It begins by reviewing research on the socio-cultural, economic and political impacts of hallmark Indigenous festivals in Mexico, Sweden, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. The chapter then focuses on Indigenous cultural festivals in Australia, including community festivals (Heydon, 2007), the Garma Festival (Phipps, 2010a, b, 2011; Borthwick, 2011; Pearson, 2011) Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival (Thompson and Connolly, 2006; Henry, 2000a, 2002, 2010; Slater, 2010a; Finch, 2011), The Dreaming Festival (Hanna, 2000; Slater 2007) and the Yalukit Willam Ngargee People Place Gathering in Melbourne (Svoronos, 2010). Case studies then focus on new urban Indigenous festivals attended by the author in Queensland, Australia: the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (2009, 2010 & 2011) in Cairns; The Torres Strait Islands: A Celebration (2011), and the Reconciliation Beats Concert (2011) both in the capital city of Brisbane. The objectives, sponsorship, cultural program and social or economic outcomes are compared for each urban Indigenous festival. This chapter analyses how these Indigenous festivals contribute to the process of re-territorialisation (Elias-Varotsis, 2006) of Indigenous culture in their original homelands or in new urban locations. The authenticity and sustainability of Indigenous cultural festivals in these new spaces and contexts is also examined.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 6. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 04:17
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 02:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: indigenous festivals; cultural authenticity; social and economic impacts; sustainability; re-territorialisation
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190104 Visual Cultures
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350899 Tourism not elsewhere classified
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450199 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history not elsewhere classified
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3601 Art history, theory and criticism > 360104 Visual cultures
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage

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