When mestizo becomes (like) indio ... or is it garífuna?: Multicultural rights and "making place" on honduras' North Coast


This article explores the relationship between power, resource control, and identity construction within the context of Garífuna efforts to reclaim ancestral territory on the north coast of Honduras. The articulation of Garífuna indigeneity has enabled the Garífuna a means through which to assert their right to self-determination, access and control over prime resources within a growing tourism economy where land is highly desirable. The focus of this article is on the responses of ordinary members of the dominant majority population (mestizos) to the emergence of multicultural rights, as they attempt to "make place" and demonstrate their right to resources within a Garifuna community. © 2010 by the American Anthropological Association.

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Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology