Thanks for focusing attention on Flory Gingging’s fine essay. It is great that your post will bring it and _Cultural Analysis_ additional attention. Hopefully she will comment here herself. I would just note, for the good of the field that she and I share, that she is a doctoral student in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology here at Indiana University and that while that status hopefully qualifies her for membership in the global community of anthropologists, she is technically a folklorist. As someone who lives among both North American anthropologists and North American folklorists, I would note that research on heritage issues is particularly advanced among folklorists. The work of Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett’s (cf. “World Heritage and Cultural Economics"), Dorothy Noyes (cf. “The Judgment of Solomon” also in Cultural Analysis), and Valdimar Halsteim (cf. The (Politics of Origins") can be cited as illustration of this broader trend.
Thanks again for giving Flory’s paper such detailed attention.
Thanks for the additional infomation! I’ve updated the post
About promoting exoticism by indigenous people themself. Let’s see from this point of view. It’s simple…imagine that word “headhunter” is a key to get money from tusrist (from outside, others). Natives recognize that this word realy work. This word is like a songs which you have to sing if you want to bring many games from hunting.
In this perspective this “commercialising” by indigenous people themself doesn’t look so unanbiguous.
Yes. But her point is that this self-exoticizing has not only a commercial value but also a cultural and political one, it’s a means of responding to threats, discrimination etc.
Comment from: Flory Mansor Gingging [Visitor]
Thank you so much for featuring the article and for taking the time to read it. Since writing the piece, I have returned to Sabah, Malaysia to do fieldwork on the issues which I discussed, i.e. tourism and indigenous identity. I hope to share my work with all of you in the near future.
I would also like to mention that Jason Baird Jackson (the first commenter) is my principal mentor at Indiana University, and it was with his very helpful guidance that I wrote this article.
Yes, I think we’re all looking forward to reading more about your work. Thanks for choosing an open access journal!