Our University's Center for Advanced Tourism Studies and Arctic Research Center will hold the 18th (2nd in 2023) Online Tourism Creation Forum on June 7th.


This forum is entitled ``Sami and Ainu culture in global society - from the perspective of the northern region, tourism, education, and international cooperation'' and will focus on indigenous culture.

In recent years, indigenous cultures have received worldwide attention. There are a variety of areas that receive attention, such as cultural transmission, authenticity, education for young people, and cultural tourism. Furthermore, considering the situation that indigenous peoples have been in, the challenges faced by each field are wide-ranging. In particular, it is difficult to give a clear answer to the question of the authenticity of indigenous culture, which lies in its central area.

In this context, the purpose of this forum is to get a little closer to the answer by discussing the areas surrounding authenticity. We will mainly focus on the case of the Sami people in Inari in northern Finland, and while making some comparisons with the Ainu people in Hokkaido, which is also in the northern region, we will discuss this issue from a peripheral point of view, starting with tourism, education, and international cooperation initiatives.


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