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dc.creatorKiolbassa, Courtney E
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-23T15:33:49Z
dc.date.available2018-05-23T15:33:49Z
dc.date.created2018-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/166484
dc.description.abstractLiterature Review The study of pilgrimage covers a wide range of approaches: historical, personal, theoretical, literary, even artistic (Coleman and Elsner 8). No one view encompasses the richness of the pilgrimage experience, yet certain principles help define the practice and its significance. Most scholars discuss pilgrims as visitors delineated by their levels and modes of participation at a given site (Hendrickson 139, Coats 485). This may involve inclusion in a liminal community, which anthropologists Victor and Edith Turner call communitas, a group of people who leave the familiar and enter a more equalized society (Holmes-Rodman 44, Turner 135). Inhabiting the pilgrimage sites at the same time, visitors consequently embody what religious scholar Thomas Bremer calls "simultaneity of place:" each visitor has a unique understanding of the site, applying myriad interpretations of the same externalities: they choose how and if they will participate in rituals, obtain tokens from their journey, and allow the trip to affect their self-image (Coleman and Elsner 6-9, Olsen 134, Bremer 3). Those who run the pilgrimage site may ascribe to a modernist view of identity formation, in which the site reinforces a prior concept of self, or a postmodernist view, in which the site exerts influence over a visitor (Olsen 363). Thesis Statement Simultaneously curated, engaged, and contested, pilgrimage sites generate subjective narratives that emphasize arrival as an experience of return. Theoretical Framework My body of work explores pilgrimage at three major sites in the American Southwest: Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah; the Santuario de Chimayó in New Mexico; and Sedona, Arizona. I examine the historical background and anthropological frameworks of personal and communal pilgrimage experiences, as well as spiritual and touristic site curation. Project Description Research for the project was conducted through close textual analyses of narrative and academic writing on the three pilgrimage sites, testing and reconsidering contemporary anthropological and cultural geographical theories of the pilgrimage phenomenon. Balancing research with fieldwork, I organized informal and semi-formal interviews with people associated with the sites, including local Mormon missionaries, two historians at Chimayó (Richard Rieckenberg and Pat Oviedo), and contemporaneous visitors at Chimayó. While at Chimayó in March 2018, my experience provided immediate reflection filtered through my completed scholarly research. In contrast, I visited Temple Square and Sedona prior to and outside the scope of the project, which has afforded me a rich opportunity for reflection well after these experiences and before I understood them as pilgrimages. Finally, I examined tourism websites for Salt Lake City (templesquare.com), Chimayó (holychimayo.us), and Sedona (visitsedona.com) to examine their crafting of a virtual tourism experience as contemporary pilgrimage. My exploration of pilgrimage sites culminated in original works of prose and poetry.en
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dc.subjectpilgrimageen
dc.subjectpilgrimage sitesen
dc.subjectpilgrimen
dc.subjectChimayóen
dc.subjectTemple Squareen
dc.subjectSalt Lake Cityen
dc.subjectSedonaen
dc.subjectNew Ageen
dc.subjectMormonen
dc.subjectLatter-day Sainten
dc.subjectCatholicen
dc.subjectpoetryen
dc.subjectproseen
dc.subjectfictionen
dc.subjectnonfictionen
dc.subjectsimultaneity of placeen
dc.subjectspace and placeen
dc.titlePilgrimage Sites in the American Southwest: A Narrative Exploration of Sacred Destinationsen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen
thesis.degree.grantorUndergraduate Research Scholars Programen
thesis.degree.nameBAen
thesis.degree.levelUndergraduateen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStabile, Susan M
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