Tourism and Hospitality

Kreg Ettenger

Program in Tourism & Hospitality; Associate Professor of Anthropology
Kreg  Ettenger


300 Bailey Hall, 37 College Ave, USM Gorham Campus

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5322

Kreg Ettenger is a cultural and applied anthropologist with interests in tourism, cultural heritage, environmental issues, indigenous and northern peoples, and multimedia ethnography. He has worked in India, northern Quebec and the northeastern US with indigenous and other communities on tourism development, environmental issues, land claims and other forms of applied research. Dr. Ettenger teaches courses in cultural anthropology, human ecology, northern peoples, ethnographic methods, digital ethnography, tourism and other issues.

Note: Kreg is on leave for the 2015-2016 academic year.


  • Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2004
  • M.S. Environmental Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY, 1991
  • B.S. Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1985

Research Interests

Tourism development in indigenous communities and rural areas; cultural heritage representation; environmental issues and sustainability; use of digital media technologies for ethnographic research.

Recent Publications


  • 2012    “Northern Aboriginal Events as Tourist Attractions: Traditional Cree Gatherings in Northern Quebec.” The Northern Review 35, Spring 2012.
  • 2009    “Students as Tourists and Fledgling Researchers: The Value of Ethnographic Field Courses for Tourism Education.” Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism 9: 159-175.
    2008    “Engaging Undergraduate Students in Collaborative Research: The Challenge of Combining Teaching with Practice.” The Applied Anthropologist 28(2): 152-162.
  • 2008    “Traditional Cree Gatherings in Northern Quebec: Local Cultural Heritage Festivals as Tourism Attractions.” Proceedings of the Twelfth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Montreal, Canada, May 13-16, 2008.


  • 2008    Report on Activities and Findings: Footsteps and Paddlestrokes Community Tour 1 (Chisasibi, Whapmagoostui, Waswanipi & Mistissini) and Community Tour 2 (Ouje- Bougoumou, Nemaska, Eastmain and Waskaganish). Reports to Cree Outfitting & Tourism Association. 21pp. and 18 pp.
  • 2007    Tourism and Traditional Gatherings in Eeyou Istchee: Final Report on the 2007 USM Applied Anthropology Field Course. With contributions by students from the USM 2007 field course. Cree Outfitting & Tourism Association. 52 pp.
  • 2006    Summer Field Course: Nature, Culture and Tourism in James Bay, August 7-19, 2006: Report on Activities. Cree Outfitting & Tourism Association. 54 pp.


  • 2009    “Developing Sustainable Tourism in the Cree Communities of Quebec: Opportunities and Obstacles.” Annual Conference of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology, Denver, Colorado, April 24-26.
  • 2009    “Not Like I Imagined: Experiencing Diversity Through Field Study.” Presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association, Providence, Rhode Island, March 13-14.
  • 2009    “Tourism in Eeyou Istchee: Cree Cultural Identity and Economic Development.” Presentation at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, November 6.
  • 2008    “Traditional Cree Gatherings in Northern Quebec: Local Cultural Heritage Festivals as Tourist Attractions.” Twelfth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, May 13-16.
  • 2008    “Applied Teaching and Research on Tourism: Possibilities for Collaboration.” Creativity and Discovery: Collaboration at USM. Pineland Farms Conference Center, New Gloucester, Maine, Oct. 3.


Impact the Future of Tourism in Maine

Tracy Michaud Stutzman, head of the Tourism and Hospitality department at USM, talks about the unique features of the BA degree program, which combines industry theory and real practical skills with a strong community engagement component.