Thursday, Oct. 13

02-01 Folklore and Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, October 13, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Tulsa Central

This live event will not be recorded.


Chair: Lucy M. Long (Center for Food and Culture) and Robert Baron (Goucher College)

Forum participants:

Tina Bucuvalas (Florida Cultural Resources, Inc.)

Peggy A. Bulger (American Folklife Center, retired)

Nancy Solomon (Long Island Traditions)

Can folklorists contribute to sustainable tourism in ways that maintain the integrity of traditions, enable community agency, and revitalize local cultures? Recognizing that tourism brings both costs and benefits, particularly in ways it can change folklore from how it is practiced in community contexts, folklorists are collaborating with communities to create successful tourism activities. This forum addresses issues and opportunities offered through tourism by presenting examples developed by folklorists and community-driven folklore tourism. It will explore culinary tourism, presentations of performing folk arts and material culture, and experiential, participatory and non-intrusive folklore tourism that generates interactions with local people.