ERIC Number: ED033321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Potentialities for Community Development in a Kekchi Indian Village in British Honduras.
Investigators spent six months in the Kekchi Indian village of San Miguel, British Honduras, where data gathering was combined with participation in agricultural and social activities and in practical community development. Respondents (85 men and youths) provided much informal data on attitudes relevant to community development, which were compared with those more rapidly gathered from 126 respondents in other villages. Findings included relative economic isolation and self-sufficiency, a sixty-year history of migration and adaptation, industriousness combined with preference for communal labor, traditional lines of intuitive harmony and consensus in running the relatively new village council, and socioeconomic patterns favorable to experimentation. Literacy in English, a rice-drying floor, and a community center were prominent desires. Recommendations by investigators call for pig pens, rainwater collection or a well and pump, a literate helper for corresponding with government officials, and steps to improve school community relations. An outsider's greatest contribution might be to reassure Kekchis of their competence to develop many projects. (author/ly)
Descriptors: American Indians, Aspiration, Attitudes, Audiovisual Aids, Change Agents, Community Characteristics, Community Development, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Needs, Organizations (Groups), Research, Sociocultural Patterns, Socioeconomic Influences
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.
Identifiers: British Honduras; Kekchis
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.