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About Us

The Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research (SDCELAR) at the British Museum is dedicated to developing and supporting collection-based projects in collaboration with communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. By fostering a growing network of heritage communities, researchers, artists, and partners with the Museum, SDCELAR aims to: 

  • Broaden the understanding and visibility of Latin American and Caribbean collections at the British Museum.
  • Cultivate collaborative curatorial practices and collective interpretation with Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and traditional communities in the region.
  • Promote the value, conservation, and self-representation of traditional knowledges and material practices through the shared access and study of collections.
  • Contribute to the documentation of both archaeological and ethnographic materials, bringing together transdisciplinary approaches and contemporary voices. 

SDCELAR curators advocate for the co-creation of collection and community-based projects and research initiatives centred around the vast cultural heritage of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Exhibitions and events


We work alongside Indigenous, Afro-descendant and traditional communities in Latin American and Caribbean in documenting and (re)interpreting the British Museum collections.

Our projects promote transdisciplinary approaches and plurivocal perspectives by encouraging different ways of engaging with collections and supporting local heritage initiatives.

The British Museum holds more than 200 objects that are classified as Muisca or Chibcha. The vast majority...
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Publications related to women’s and maternal health with Wixárika communities by the author of this exhibition


Gamlin, Jennie B. (2013)
Shame as a barrier to health seeking among indigenous Huichol migrant labourers: An interpretive approach of the “violence continuum” and “authoritative knowledge”
Social Science and Medicine 97 75-81

Gamlin, Jennie B. (2023)
Wixárika Practices of Medical Syncretism: An Ontological Proposal for Health in the Anthropocene
Medical Anthropology Theory 10 (2) 1-26

Gamlin, Jennie B. (2020)
“You see, we women, we can’t talk, we can’t have an opinion…”. The coloniality of gender and childbirth practices in Indigenous Wixárika families
Social Science and Medicine 252, 112912

Jennie Gamlin and David Osrin (2020)
Preventable infant deaths, lone births and lack of registration in Mexican indigenous communities: health care services and the afterlife of colonialism
Ethnicity and Health 25 (7)

Jennie Gamlin and Seth Holmes (2018)
Preventable perinatal deaths in indigenous Wixárika communities: an ethnographic study of pregnancy, childbirth and structural violence BMC
Pregnancy and Childbirth 18 (Article number 243) 2018

Gamlin, Jennie B. and Sarah J Hawkes (2015)
Pregnancy and birth in an Indigenous Huichol community: from structural violence to structural policy responses
Culture, health and sexuality 17 (1)