UNH Anthropologist to Establish Public History Museum in Belize Focusing on the Kriol Community

UNH Anthropologist to Establish Public History Museum in Belize Focusing on the Kriol Community

Mar 20, 2017
UNH Anthropologist Eleanor Harrison-Buck

Eleanor Harrison-Buck, associate professor of anthropology, has been awarded a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship to establish a public history museum in Belize that focuses on the Kriol (Creole) community.  More than a third of the population of Belize is part of the Kriol community descended from enslaved Africans brought to the country by Europeans in the 18th and 19th century, but their rich history and culture has largely been overlooked.

Harrison-Buck will work in collaboration with Kriol community leaders, educators, and local and regional authorities. The new museum, housed in a building donated by the town of Crooked Tree, will include local oral histories, artifacts, images, and stories to present the culture to tourists, teachers and students.

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