Why Your Dream Vacation Is a Local Nightmare
When American John Allen Chau died last year trying to proselytize to a remote Bay of Bengal island tribe, some lauded his adventurous spirit — if not his judgment. But writer Kate Harris argues against such fetishism. Such “untouched” places — whether listed in Fodor’s or in databases of communities that don’t know Jesus — rarely ask to be touched. Harris suggests respectful pilgrimages rather than “divine imperialism,” and to leave some revered peaks unclimbed.
Is it getting worse? The world’s getting smaller, with tribal rights workers seeing more “human safaris,” often at the expense of local inhabitants’ humanity.