The ‘Close Encounters at Mato Tipila’ WebQuest was authored and produced by Dr. Vinod Sasidharan, Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, San Diego State University.  This WebQuest is the culminating group project for students enrolled in his Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Tourism, REC 404 class.  To contact Dr. Vinod Sasidharan, you may send him an email him at

The textbook used for REC 404 is: Reisinger, Y., and Turner, L. W.  (2003). Cross-cultural behavior in tourism: concepts and analysis. Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann.  Please refer to this textbook for an elaborate discussion of Cultural Orientations and Values Theories.

The two Devils Tower photographs that appear in this WebQuest were obtained from the Devils Tower National Monument Website hosted by the National Park Service. This website can be accessed at

Clipart images that appear on this WebQuest were obtained from the following sources: (Free Original Clipart at Designed to a T, 1997-2004 Designed to a T) and

The journal articles and newspaper columns listed in this WebQuest are linked to the San Diego State University Library (  I would like to thank Marilyn Hall and Patrick Sullivan from SDSU Library for their tremendous assistance in locating the information sources for this WebQuest.

This WebQuest was modeled after “Standoff at Oka,” an excellent Conflict Studies WebQuest conceived of and developed by Bill Warters from Wayne State University as part of his Roots of Social Conflict course.  Professor Warters’ WebQuest can be accessed at

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