Student Activities 2011-2012

Heather Thwing and Alison Van Haute

Pushing the Boundaries of Engagement: Transformational Learning Among the Gullah/Geechee

Activity:
Society for Applied Anthroplogy Meeting

Abstract:
This collaborative presentation will explore the cultural misrepresentation promoted within the tourism industry of the NPS Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor-- a federal preservation effort whose mission is 'to educate the public on the value and importance of the Gullah/Geechee culture.' An anthropological foundation proved invaluable for connecting course material to a living culture within the broader context of race-based heritage politics. Through site visits, interactions with community leaders, and activities modeling the "average tourism experience", this project seeks to illustrate our collective, evolving insight into the discipline of anthropology as practice.