Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, March-April

Arab Pride of Honduras: Over the Past Century, Arab Immigrants Have Been Key to the Commercial and Political Life of This Central American Nation
In a small, brightly decorated classroom at the Escuela Trilingue San Juan Bautista in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, eighteen little boys and girls gaze intently at the blackboard as their teacher, Bethlehem-born Buthaina de Bandy, writes out the morning's...
A Union of Kids?
SERGIO MARQUEZ introduces himself as president of the local shoe shiners' union, holding in one grimy hand a large member's card with his name, photograph, and the mayor's signature. But unlike most workers demanding higher wages and better treatment,...
Building a Binational Border. (OAS)
THE GOVERNMENTS of Honduras and Nicaragua have established the political framework for a binational border development plan that will promote education, social and productive development, environmental conservation, and the economic integration of...
Devoted to Saints on Tin: With Enduring Passion, Gloria Fraser Giffords Has Opened a Window on Popular Mexican Retablos, Revealing Their Important Contribution to the World of Fine Art. (Cover Story)
To many colleagues, she is the retablo lady. And it's a label Gloria Fraser Giffords (Jinx to her family and friends) wears with pride, yet with some misgiving: The fact is, not much eludes the interest or grasp of this tireless art historian. In spending...
Domingo's Rising Disciples
THERE IS SOMETHING SO personal in everything that Placido Domingo does. The international competition for singers--Placido Domingo's Operalia--is his way of giving thanks for his own God-given talent, which has made him one of the most sought-after...
From Carts to Art in Aconcagua: A Utilitarian Symbol of Local History Was the Inspiration for the First International Sculpture Park in This High Verdant Valley in the Chilean Andes
When Ricardo Vivar was growing up in Putaendo, Chile, in the 1950s, it was a favorite game for children to hitch onto the big old ox-carts that rumbled through town and get towed along behind on their roller skates. When he returned to Chile in the...
Journey Back through Emerald Waters: Like the Jesuit Explorers before Them, This Author and His Companion Are Overwhelmed by the Magical, Forbidding Environs of Chile's Lake Todos Los Santos
In 1670, a group of Jesuit missionaries set out from the rain-drenched city of Castro in southern Chile in search of the Ciudad de los Cesares (City of the Cesars) and the most direct route to points east and north. Purportedly, the City of the Cesars...
Luciana Souza: Serving the Song. (Music)
"I don't claim to be rescuing anyone from obscurity," says singer Luciana Souza of the composers whose work she's chosen for her new album, Brazilian Duos. "Yes, it was a conscious decision to include songs by such composers as Luiz Gonzaga and Antonio...
Maps on the Cusp of Change: When Spain's Philip II Sent out a Questionnaire to His New World Domains, Native and Spanish Respondents Had Some Surprising and Revealing Answers
The breakpoint between the pre-Columbian and post-Conquest worlds in the Western Hemisphere is a fuzzy one at best. Historians of the period, concerned with art, society, and culture, are always looking for the boundaries and discontinuities to indicate...
Orozco's U.S. Odyssey
"THERE WAS LITTLE TO hold me in Mexico in 1927," wrote Jose Clemente Orozco in his autobiography, "and I resolved to go to New York, counting upon generous support from Genaro Estrada, Secretary of Foreign Relations, who found the money to defray my...
The Bright Side of the Tunnel. (Inter-American System)
The world's longest mural is underground. Appropriately entitled Roots of Peace, it decorates the tunnel connecting the OAS headquarters building to its administrative building in Washington, D.C. Painted by the Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro...
Whitehorse Visited by Woman Hiker: August 31, 1928. (Upfront)
A woman giving the name of Lillian Alling walked into town Monday evening and registered at the Regina Hotel. Lillian was not given to much speaking but as near as an be gathered from information she gave at different places she had walked from Hazelton...
Zooming in at San Diego
THE 2002 SAN DIEGO Latino Film Festival is set to begin on March 14, and festival director Ethan vat Thillo expects big crowds to see eighty films on three screens over a ten-day period. "Especially the Mexican films," says van Thillo, "which naturally...