By BBN Staff: A public history museum focusing on the Kriol community will be established in Belize by Eleanor Harrison-Buck, a University of New Hampshire Associate Professor of Anthropology.
Harrison-Buck was awarded a grant of US $50,000 from the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for the project. However, it is not yet known exactly where and when the museum will be constructed.
In Belize, more than a third of the country’s population is part of the Kriol community which is descended from enslaved Africans brought to the country by Europeans in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The associate professor has conducted research in Belize for more than 25 years and last summer, she helped establish a temporary exhibit of Kriol culture. According to Harrison-Buck, the school curricula, museum exhibits and the tourism market in Belize tend to focus on the ancient Maya and colonial periods rather than Kriol culture.
Harrison-Buck was one of eight scholars to receive the fellowship.