The Garifuna of Belize: Strategies of Representation

Sharon E. Wilcox, University of Mary Washington


This study considers representation within the media as a method of fostering a sense of community and identity among a group of people, as well as a strategy to achieve political and economic gains. The subject of this investigation is the Garifuna of Belize and the representation of their identity through various media outlets, including documentary film, websites, news articles, scholarly writing and trade books. Furthermore, this paper explores the development of these representations of the Garifuna as a strategy for improving the political and economic strength of the community.