Quechua Tourism: From the Internet to Traditional Healers

This article is about how traditional Quechua healers or Shamans are using this plant called “ayahuasca” which induces spiritual visons or vision quests for tourist use. Traditionally, ayahuasca was only taken by the Shaman or healer. The opening marketability for tourism is helping bring in extra income. The question that remains is the moral dilemma of if it is right to charge the tourists for these spiritual ceremonies, what will happen if these healers become too preoccupied with tourists to help their own village, and will the traditional and cultural use of ayahuasca remain?

The author, Rachel Proctor’s, credentials seem to be valid. She works for a publication that has been working with indigenous cultures for over 44 years. I could not find an educational background for her, but the other articles she wrote all relate to the lands, resources, and environment of indigenous people. I would assume that this is her area of expertise and should be considered as a valid source.

The author is associated with a reputable organization. The work from this site is predicated on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Their core values and mission is to respect and honor Indigenous People’s inherent right and dynamic cultures worldwide by amplifying efforts, supporting, and raising awareness of self-determination for Indigenous communities.

This article was published in December of 2000, which makes it 16 years old. I would say that this data isn’t completely out of date, as it is still useful, because this market is growing at the present day, but since it is 16 years old we probably have more information on how this market has evolved.

The author’s focus is on a specialized audience towards people who are interested in the culture of the traditional Quechua healers and shamans and their role in cultural tourism.

This article is a mix of fact and opinion because she is using information from the healer she interviewed and background research on the subject and could definitely be backed up. It is valid and well researched, as the article is very in depth. There are not many other lines of work related to this topic, but the ones that I found are in line with it. I think it is an objective point of view because she does not put in her two cents at all but only uses her data and information. She also uses the indigenous names multiple times, but the author herself is not native.

Proctor, R. (2000, December). Tourism Opens New Doors, Creates New Challenges, For Traditional Healers in Peru. Retrieved February 14, 2017, from https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/tourism-opens-new-doors-creates-new-challenges-traditional

 

This article is about the Inca nations international campaign “Peru, the land of hidden treasures”. It is a social media platform through Facebook and Instagram that has reached over 80 million people worldwide. This campaign is promoting all the natural beauty, cultural heritage, food, and destinations not as a place you discover but rather a place you discover yourself. The main idea of this article is about how social media can boost and open up the tourist market for indigenous people worldwide.

The credentials of Quiroz seem to be valid. He works for Andina, which is the Peru News Agency. This agency is owned and ran by the Peruvian government. He is the director of medias and since this article is about how social media effects the tourist market of Peru, I believe that he is qualified to write this article and trust what he is saying.

This site is associated with two reputable organizations. The first being the Peruvian government and these two organizations are closely related. Andina is also a member of the Latin American Union News Agencies, which is an alliance with large news agencies based in Latin America. Their mission is to provide the most up to date and accurate information and news that is going on in Peru and around the world.

This was published on February 14, 2017 so it is extremely up to date and pertains to life in the present day. This article is very relevant especially since we are emerging as the age of social media. It is good to understand the impact of social media on cultural tourism.

This audience is aimed for the generalized public. It is one short and concise news article on tourism in Peru, which is a large part of Peru’s economy. Anyone who lives in Peru or nearby could benefit from this information.

This article is fact. There is nothing but quotes of facts or data numbers that can be backed up. It is valid and well researched and in line with other articles on the social media advantage to Peru tourism. The point of view is completely objective with no emotional words or bias but just straight facts. The author is a member of the cultural group.

Quiroz, F. P. (2017, February 14). “Peru, Land of Hidden Treasures” Campaign Boosts Country’s Tourist Appeal. Retrieved February 14, 2017, from http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-land-of-hidden-treasures-campaign-boosts-countrys-tourist-appeal-653803.aspx

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