This Tulane University summer program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultures of Belize, the only English-speaking nation in Central America and a center for cultural and ecological tourism. Our program will be centered on the Caribbean coast in the rural town of Dangriga. Historic Dangriga, called "the culture capital of Belize," is a center for drumming, dancing, religious beliefs, and healing traditions with their roots in West Africa and the Native Caribbean. Courses will focus on the current social and ethnic make-up of the Coastal Central American region and the specific cultures of the various ethnic groups that make up the Belizean nation. Guest lecturers will include individuals involved in cultural preservation and ethnic rights movements as well as local artists and craftspeople. Special excursions will include trips to the Belizean barrier reef and jaguar preserves.
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