The Last Peanut Farmers

“The Last Peanut Farmers” is a collaborative project led by community leader Basilia Perez (Benkos Bioho Technical and Agricultural School, Palenque- Colombia) with the support of Amber Henry (University of Pennsylvania).  

San Basilio de Palenque is an afro-descendant community founded by former slaves at the beginning of the 17th century. Peanut farming in Palenque is a women’s only practice and is accompanied by oral histories and songs. It was severely affected by guerrilla groups in 2001, and more recently by acculturation, out-migration and discrimination. Basilia Perez and Amber Henry are creating digital audio-visual material to document the work of the last peanut farmers in Palenque. They believe that this project will encourage other women to return to the practice and strengthen the positioning of women as community leaders. 

In line with critical museum practice, the Centre pays special attention to projects, such as that conducted by the Benkos Bioho School in Palenque, which otherwise would have limited access to academic funding programmes 

To promote the self-representation of Latin American culture and history within a global museum, the Centre supports research that is not directly related to the museum’s collections. This project addresses an imbalance in the representation of Latin American cultural heritage: It takes into consideration the fact that the British Museum, and many other museums who model their collections on those of this historic institution, do not hold material from creole or afro-descendant groups in the mainland Caribbean. 

9 By the basketful
11 Family Tradition
7 Scouring the soil
8 Fruit of the Earth

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)