Faculty Advisor

Gardner, Andrew [and] Wimberger, Peter

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2015


This project explores the effects of the cultural tourism industry on the indigenous cultures of Malaysian Borneo. Do the economic incentives of tourist dollars lead to the retention and assertion of indigenous identity, or do they create a façade that highlights only certain aspects of Dayak culture? This project simultaneously emphasizes the need for a reassessment of the phrase “cultural authenticity” that moves beyond purely historic perspectives and identities. These issues are addressed through an ethnographic exploration of tourist longhouses and cultural villages in Malaysian Borneo.


University of Puget Sound