Les Fruits De Mer

Women, People of Color, and the Making of Natural History in the Caribbean
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Women, People of Color, and the Making of Natural History in the Caribbean

Les Fruits de Mer is a non-profit focused on education, primarily about local wildlife and ecology. Our projects develop appreciation of natural heritage, interest in science and investigative learning and a desire to preserve the delicate ecology of the island.

Last year, we developed a museum exhibit (Women, People of Color, and the Making of Natural History in the Caribbean) showcasing the historical contributions of women and people of color to Caribbean natural science, which have often been hidden, suppressed, or simply not as well publicised as those of their white male contemporaries. In 2017, we’d like to refine and expand this exhibit, while also making it more accessible to more people. Specifically, we’d like to develop a website featuring these stories and large-format signage that could be displayed at schools and libraries as well as at the museum.

This project will 1) generate interest in the biological sciences by showcasing the fascinating stories of pioneers in this region, 2) highlight role models outside of the white male demographic that dominates most current curriculum on the topic, and 3) serve as a model for developing and disseminating locally-relevant educational content on St. Martin/St. Maarten.