Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia
University of Hawai'i Press
I begin this chapter with a vignette concerning the events that led to the selection of a particular Toraja hamlet (known as Ke'te' Kesu') for tentative inclusion on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites. In this portion of the chapter I also unpack some of the local reactions to this selection and contrast these reactions with an analysis of UNESCO conception~ and assumptions pertaining to World Heritage Sites, many of which are entwined with romantic assumptions about ancient life-ways under siege by the contemporary world. I then turn to trace the historyofKe'te' Kesu', from its colonial roots to the present, illustrating how the birth of this hamlet as well as its rise to pre-eminence was part and parcel of colonial and postcolonial dynamics. Finally, I turn to address how local contestations over whose heritage was to be elevated to fame ultimately fuelled a re-framing of the World Heritage Site nomination, such that Ke'te' Kesu''s nomination was broadened to all of Tana To raja. Finally, I close with a discussion of the broader lessons emerging from this case study.
Adams, K. "Courting and consorting with the global: the local politics of an emerging world heritage site in Sulawesi, Indonesia" in V.T. King, M. Parnwell & M. Hitchcock eds. Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia (University of Hawai'i Press, 2010).
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