Halloween och historia på High Chaparral : En undersökning inom historiebruk och historiekultur kring western och halloween
Sammanfattning: The purpose of this study is to show how the use of history regarding the swedish theme park High Chaparral is altered and how they locally adapt the american modern day tradition of halloween in an american western-themed park. Halloween is a tradition with celtic roots but with heavy modern-day influences from mainly the USA. This causes a cultural collision concerning how this tradition has locally been adopted. The way this study has been conducted has been through ethnographical field studies in the theme park of during its halloween event from October 31st to November 2nd, 2019. The focus of these studies has been to study historical and cultural key symbols typical for, and representing, halloween. The main results of this study have shown that the way halloween has been locally adopted is influenced by the commercial use of history at High Chaparral. Furthermore, a local and swedish adaption of halloween has occurred in order to fit into the park’s historical theme as well as a swedish cultural context. In addition, it is evident that the way in which High Chaparral portrays halloween is a combination of an american tradition and an american historical setting. This alters the use of history conveyed to the visitors of the park according to how the park wants to portray halloween. This goes to show that history is highly present in non-academical terms and outside of scientific institutions. This way of portraying history in popular culture heavily alters the way history is perceived by the public.
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