Indigenous Therapeutic Tourism: Challenges, Emerging Trends, and Sustainability

Authors

  • Fernanda A. Ferreira School of Hospitality and Tourism of P.PORTO; CiTUR; UNIAG https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1335-7821
  • Márcio Abella Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Sergipe
  • Flaviano Fônseca Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Sergipe
  • Jorgenaldo Santos Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Sergipe

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.34190/ictr.7.1.1981

Keywords:

Therapeutic Tourism, Indigenous Communities, Health Tourism, Well-being

Abstract

A healthy, harmonious, proactive, and happy life is not just desirable; it is a fundamental human aspiration in our increasingly threatened contemporary world. This social research, applied to tourism, focuses on the indigenous peoples of Aldeia Fulkaxó in the state of Sergipe, Brazil, conducted between 2022 and 2023. The primary objective of this study is to explore the healing ceremonies and rituals practiced by this indigenous community, which constitute a complex, systemic, and transdisciplinary phenomenon. The research aims to identify and assess the integrative and complementary aspects of the health practices of these indigenous peoples and their impact on governance. The methodology employed is exploratory and involves a review of the state of the art in this field from 2003 to 2023. Qualitative research methods are also utilized, including audiovisual ethnography and field diaries. This approach reveals the challenges and possibilities of indigenous phytotherapeutic processes as ethnocultural tourist attractions. We observe their annual retreats offered to both national and international groups. Preliminary findings indicate a growing demand for tourist experiences that immerse individuals in nature and the indigenous way of life, with a particular emphasis on therapeutic benefits. Furthermore, this study highlights the sociocultural emergence of therapeutic tourism as an innovative product within the realm of health and well-being, with a specific focus on addressing issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression.

Author Biographies

Fernanda A. Ferreira, School of Hospitality and Tourism of P.PORTO; CiTUR; UNIAG

Fernanda A. Ferreira is a lecturer in mathematics and statistics in the P.PORTO since 1993, currently developing her professional activity as Senior Lecturer of the Information Systems and Mathematics Department at the School of Hospitality and Tourism (ESHT) of Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal. She holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) (in 2007).

Márcio Abella , Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Sergipe

Social Scientist specialising in Public Management, student of the Professional Master's in Tourism, TBC Research. He has experience in Situational Strategic Planning (PES), in Audiovisual Ethnography and in the development of Socio-educational Projects (Bioconstruction, Social Housing, Agroecology, Solidarity/Creative Economy, Art-education, Nutritional and Food Security) in ecovillages, indigenous villages and cooperatives.

Flaviano Fônseca, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Sergipe

PhD in Philosophy (UFPB/2009). Master in Sustainable Development University of Brasília, (UnB/2002). Graduated in Philosophy, UECE; Theologian, ITI, BA, (1991). Degree in Literature UESB, 2002. Researcher/CNPq, in Ethics and Political Philosophy, UFPE. Member of the Professional Master's Degree in Tourism (PPMTUR), IFS. Tourism Research Group, IFS, Research line Technological Education, Tourism and Society.

Jorgenaldo Santos , Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Sergipe

Degree in Tourism Management/IFS (2009), master's and doctorate in Geography, Federal University of Sergipe (2014) and (2019). Degree in Pedagogy (2020), Specialist in Higher Education. Postgraduate Professor in Tourism (PPMTU), Hospitality and Leisure Coordination (COHL), Leisure Management (CGT), IFS, Experience in the area of Tourism/Leisure Management, Tourism Guide and Nature Tourism. Researcher/CNPq.

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Published

2024-03-11