Borrowed Traditions

Borrowed traditions simply are not part of the culture which they are claimed to belong to. Borrowed traditions exist as traditions in another culture or region. In other words, borrowed traditions are misappropriated from another culture and rooted in a foreign cultural landscape through, for example, the travel industry. Borrowed traditions are especially damaging when they are in conflict with a tradition that is an original and authentic part of the culture of the area. An example of a particularly damaging and culturally unsustainable borrowed tradition is touristic dog sledding. Especially in certain areas, this practice is in strong conflict with reindeer herding, one of the cornerstones of Sámi culture, causing direct or indirect damage to this traditional livelihood.