Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jeffrey Glover

Second Advisor

Nicola Sharratt

Third Advisor

Louis Ruprecht


This thesis explores the process of facilitating the creation of a community museum in Chiquilá, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The growing presence of tourists travelling to Holbox Island, achieved by going through Chiquilá’s port, makes this project timely. Working with the Proyecto Costa Escondida(PCE), the Chiquilá Community Museum Project (CCMP) aspires to identify the dynamic relationship between the coastal inhabitants and the changing landscape, both past and present, through scientific investigations and local knowledge and make this knowledge accessible to the public. It is the accumulation of information through aforementioned means that allow us to collaborate with the Chiquilá community and other regional stakeholders to create a museum exhibit that aspires to do three things: empower the local population through collaboration, serve the community as a reliable source of information, and provide an adaptable and manageable platform for sustainable development. While this project focuses on the initial stages of this process, it is foundational for the development of the Chiquilá community museum.