Bubbles and Balls in Belize: A New Perspective on Play


  • Rebecca Giles
  • James Hoot


Margaret Mead, a pioneering American cultural anthropologist of the 20th century and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, once said, “If a fish were an anthropologist, the last thing it would discover would be water.” Her tongue-in-cheek reference to the study of human behavior is a reminder that the familiar aspects of life are often overlooked because they seem unremarkable. In contrast, when placed in a new and unfamiliar environment, we become keenly aware of the behavior, habits, and customs different from our own.