EXPLORING LOCAL FOLKLORE AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO CULTURAL TOURISM

Karmin Baruadi, Sunarty Enraku

Abstract


Gorontalo city has a number of potential tourist attractions worth developing. Lahilote’s footprints, well-known as a popular folklore of Gorontalo people, is one of the cultural tourism in Gorontalo city. Consequently, the local wisdom embedded in the attraction needs to be explored to promote tourism of Gorontalo. This is also to preserve the cultural heritage of the story from being extinct. This study aims at exploring the life of Gorontalo people to promote the cultural tourism. It employed folklore approach and the data collection involved field survey and interviews. The results report that the footprints were from a man named Lahilote. The legend has been passed as a cultural heritage with its socio-cultural aspects of Gorontalo people. In addition, the life of Lahilote is rich of values, such as historical, social, cultural, and educational values.

Keywords


culture, folklore, local wisdom, tourism

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