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Title: American Indians, Place Meanings and the Old/New West

Author: McAvoy, Leo;

Date: 2002

Source: Journal of Leisure Research 34(4):383-396

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: The American West includes millions of acres of national parks, forests and other protected lands. These landscapes are often associated with sense of place and place meanings for those who live there and for people who go there for recreation and tourism. American Indian place meanings regarding national parks and protected areas are often very different from those of White Americans. This is due to differing interpretations of history, the symbolism of parks, and world views. These differences often result in conflict regarding management of recreation and tourism resources on and near Indian lands. The increased significance and presence of Indian tribes in the West make it necessary for scholars and practitioners in recreation, parks and tourism to have a deeper understanding of American Indians and their issues.

Keywords: American Indians, sense of place, place meanings, national parks and forests, sybolism, New West

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McAvoy, Leo 2002. American Indians, Place Meanings and the Old/New West. Journal of Leisure Research 34(4):383-396


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