Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 2, March-April

A Musician's Search for a Peruvian Muse
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank says that at heart she's a homebody and that she loves living in her hometown of Berkeley, California. "I'm not nomadic in the United States. I love my routine," she asserts. A look at her...
Brazil: Body and Soul
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Tarsila do Amaral (1886-1973), one of the most influential painters in the early modern art movement in Brazil, broke all the roles in her work and in her personal life. Her nephew, Guilherme Augusto do Amaral, once her lawyer...
Celebrations in Harmony with Nature: In a Balance between Customs and Conservation, Practices Are Changing in Panama and Bolivia to Minimize the Use of Wild Bird Feathers in Festival Costumes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Dance of the Guacamayas It is a whirlwind of red, devil masks, capes flying in the wind, the smell of incense, and a veritable sea of faithful followers--a scene that floods my senses. The streets surrounding the old town church...
Developments in the Adjacency Zone
THE OAS Is working through cooperation projects to forge closer ties between the governments and peoples of Belize and Guatemala, two nations with a long-standing territorial dispute. Belize's Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and his Guatemalan counterpart...
Discoveries in Dominican Caves
DEEP IN AN underwater cave in the Dominican Republic, divers are looking for clues about the island's earliest inhabitants. The discovery of stone tools, a small primate skull, and sloth bones--found 28 to 34 feet deep in a cave named Padre Nuestro--has...
Divers of the Deep: With Limited Marine Resources, the Ngobe-Bugle in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago of Panama Face Many Challenges
An outsider might easily call it a test of endurance, but for the few who dive to 100 feet on a single breath of air, it's a matter of survival. "We have two options in life--work for the banana plantations or dive for lobster," explains a member of...
From the Editor
As Haitians struggle to rebuild their lives after the devastating January 12 earthquake, representatives of the Inter-American System are forging strategies to aid in the reconstruction of the hemisphere's poorest country. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Americas...
Living Dangerously
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Where are you going like that?" I asked eleven-year-old Jonathan. He leaned over two loops of rope tied to a pulley resting on a cable that stretched over a half-mile-wide abyss. Below, at vertiginous depths, the Rio Negro rolled...
Lost in the Sand: Cemeteries throughout Northern Chile Resonate as Silent Monuments to the Past
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In northern Chile, in places far from everyone and everything, abandoned cemeteries--with their simple wooden crosses and their tin and paper flowers--give witness to a life that once was. Some are located in the middle of the...
Mexico City's Oldest Traditional Art Market
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] San Angel is a peaceful enclave tucked away just three blocks from Revolucion, one of Mexico City's busiest thoroughfares. It's an area of narrow cobblestone streets lined with brightly painted colonial-era houses, boutiques, galleries,...
OAS Celebrates a Centennial
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "This is not only a palace but the spiritual home of the citizens of the American republics." --John Barrett, Director General of Pan-American Union, 1910 A BIRTHDAY LIKE this happens only once every 100 years. The Organization...
OAS Commitment to Haiti
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE ORGANIZATION of American States (OAS) has dedicated its frill efforts and capacity to the task of caring for the victims of Haiti's devastating January 12 earthquake and to supporting plans to rebuild the country. Representatives...
OAS Support for a Peaceful Resistance
In Colombia, as violence continues in a self-justifying cycle, two indigenous groups who have experienced the aggression and cruelty of armed groups have decided to respond with peaceful resistance. One group, the Nasa, live in the mountains in northern...
People of the Book: A Printing Press in Guatemala, Libros San Cristobal, Has Revived the Ancient Craft of Fine Art Bookmaking
In 1990, American artists Christopher Beisel and Grove Oholendt began to resurrect traditional book arts in a studio they built in the Kachiquel Maya village of Santiago Zamora, a twenty-minute drive from the colonial capital of Antigua. They had studied...
The Secret Diaries of Jose Donoso
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Opened to the public for the first time in 2008, the diaries kept for almost a half century by Chilean writer Jose Donoso reveal the complex personality of one of the protagonists of the Latin American literary boom and the obsessive...
Wars of Independence: South America
During the next fourteen years, sixteen different nations of the Americas will commemorate the bicentennial of their independence. The succession of celebrations will mark the removal of the Spanish king by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Portuguese king's escape...
Water and the Maya
A GROUNDBREAKING exhibit on Maya art and cosmology opens at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, on March 27th. In Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea, the Museum has organized a presentation of Maya art objects that will give...
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