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They argue that since the site is located in their village, it is they who should take responsibility for its management and protection. This case is just one illustration of a particular kind of cultural appropriation. In the name of protection and/or conservation, histor- Tom Selwyn 49 ical sites are removed from everyday access. Nowhere are the complexities of this process better described (albeit in a different geographical context) than in Bender’s Stonehenge (1998). The making of national or natural parks is another example of the appropriation by state authorities of sites that are often used for everyday purposes by communities living near those sites.
54 Chapter Two The first consists of the environmental diversity of the region. This may be seen in the interplay among mountains (acting as a physical boundary between the region and what lies beyond), pastures on the mountain slopes, the forests with their chestnut groves and variety of other trees, the villages with their associated terrace farming, the shrublands (home to birds and other fauna), meadows leading to cultivated crop lands, lagoons and marshes, and the pines on the edge of the sea.
These are precisely the issues in relation to historical monuments and even whole towns (such as Mdina) that have been taken over, to a greater or lesser extent, by tourists and tourist authorities. Once again the question concerns the control and organization of space, including sites of national and international scientific significance. Façadism, Internet-ism, Museumization, Experience-ification Processes stimulated by the tourist industry which Boissevain and Theuma (1998) describe as the movement from utilitarian space to ‘Heritage’ take several forms.