Strengthening Native American Communities & Economies
Cultivate Your Knowledge in Tribal Agritourism: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
A Free Webinar under First Nations Development Institute's "First Nations Knowledge" Webinar Series
2 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (1 p.m. Pacific / 3 p.m. Central / 4 p.m. Eastern)
Thursday, July 27
Agritourism presents a unique opportunity for tribes to draw tourists to their communities, with the resulting economic benefit, while preserving and growing localized food sources and production. Additionally, a reinvestment in local and Indigenous cuisine can help to improve and strengthen local food systems, leading to greater food security and access to healthier food within the community. Cultural tourists (a growing segment of the travel industry) want to experience tribal lands, art, food and cultures, with Native farmers and ranchers finding new income by inviting visitors to their lands. Food stands, u-pick and food festivals provide direct-to-consumer sales. Traditional foods and farm-to-table cuisine make Native restaurants stand out. Hunting and fishing provide extraordinary experiences for the outdoor tourist. This workshop will demonstrate successful agritourism models, clarify insurance and risk management issues unique to this segment, and introduce marketing opportunities for tribal agritourism programs and businesses.
Presenters: Sandra Anderson, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, Inc. (AIANTA) and Dan Moore, Pandion Consulting and Facilitation
SANDRA ANDERSON – American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, Inc. (AIANTA)
Sandra is the manager of Indian Country's first destination website, NativeAmerica.Travel. Originally from Fort Defiance, Arizona, Sandra is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and is from the Towering House clan and born for the Towering House clan. Her maternal grandfather is from the Meadow People clan and her paternal grandfather is from the Bitter Water clan.
Sandra received her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and a second Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American studies from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque. She completed her Master's in Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) with an emphasis in Indigenous Planning (iD+Pi).
DAN MOORE – Pandion Consulting and Facilitation
Dan is the CEO and Lead Facilitator with Pandion Consulting. He specializes in designing cutting-edge tourism education products. His vast operations knowledge, including guide training, permitting, sustainability, and staff management, is what differentiates Pandion from other consultancies. Dan sits on several nonprofit boards, and is a member of the faculty for Adventure EDU, the education and consulting arm of the Adventure Travel Trade Association. He also teaches Ecotourism, Adventure Travel, and Guide Training at Peninsula College in Washington State and is the Chair of the International Adventure Travel Guide Training & Performance Standard Governance Board.