AIANTA & National Park Service Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
National Parks and Tribes Collaborate to bring Cultural Experiences and Connections to Travelers
Through collaborations between tribes and public lands, tourism can help Indian Country link its historical interpretations to landscape, showcasing that authentic tribal stories and perspectives are intertwined in the fabric of American history.
"At AIANTA, we help tribes to develop a tourism industry built on the belief that the true history of our peoples can only be told from our voices and perspectives,"
"The National Park Service has been working in recent years to incorporate more tribal voices and cultural interpretation into our visitor experiences at parks, and we are eager to encourage travelers to take the opportunity, especially this month, to visit and learn something new about the local culture in the parks," said Donald Leadbetter, the National Park Service Tourism Program Manager.
In recent years, new efforts have been made in many parks to incorporate tribal voices into the visitor experience and cultural interpretation. During 2016, the centennial of the National Park Service, a number of park-tribal collaborations debuted, offering tribes new opportunities for cultural expression and giving park visitors new perspectives on history, community, and the land. Some cultural experiences at parks include:
· • Twenty years of relationship building and collaboration between the Hoonah Indian Association and Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve was celebrated at the opening of the Huna Tlingit Tribal House (https://www.nps.gov/
· • At the Desert View Area and Watchtower (https://www.nps.gov/
· • The Native American experience of Route 66 is highlighted in a new website and travel guide (http://www.americanindiansandroute66.com/)
· • In Acadia National Park, weekly Cultural Connections (http://www.acadiacentennial2016.org/
For more information on tribal tourism, visit NativeAmerica.Travel
For more information about tribes and NPS, visit National Park Service Tribes (https://www.nps.gov/
Native One Stop (https://www.nativeonestop.gov/)
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit association of American Indian tribes, tribal tourism, cultural and private sector representatives, representatives from the tourism industry, Federal, State and local governments, colleges and universities, and friends that was incorporated in 2002 to advance Indian Country tourism. The association is made up of representatives from six regions: Alaska, Eastern, Midwest, Pacific, Plains and the Southwest. AIANTA's mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebookwww.facebook.com/