Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 1, January

A Family's FOCUS on Primal FORCES
In powerful images of man and nature, photographers Mario Cravo neto and his son Christian explore hidden dimensions of Brazilian culture Perhaps it is the hypnotic rhythms of that well-traveled sea, or the harmonic pull of Candomble, the religion...
Ana Castillo Painter of Palabras
With lyricism and wit, this artful pioneer of Chicana literature recounts the dreams and struggles of marginalized peoples On a brilliant fall evening, in a downtown bookstore in Washington, D.C., a favorite gathering place of those who like to...
A Path to Recover Patrimony
EACH YEAR THE contraband traffic of pre-Columbian artifacts and colonial-era religious art from Latin America moves hundreds of millions of dollars. Second only to drug trafficking in the Americas, this growing trade threatens to rob future generations...
Building on an Elegant Curve
A MASTERMIND OF MAMMOTH PROJECTS, RAFAEL VINOLY CREATES LIGHT-FILLED STRUCTURES OF DRAMATIC STRENGTH TO PERSUADE SPONSORS TO SPEND EXTRA FOR AN ALL-WOOD CONCERT HALL, HE USED A CELLO AND VIOLIN IN HIS OFFICE Born in Montevideo, trained in Buenos...
Cooperating in the Drug War
TOP ANTI-DRUG OFFICIALS from around the Americas gathered in Washington, D.C., in November to examine trends and strategies for confronting the complex problems associated with illegal drugs. The Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Leadership Conference...
Frogs with a Toxic Taste
SCIENTISTS HAVE long wondered how poison frogs become poisonous. Are they born with the poison or do they manufacture it as adults? Research by University of Oklahoma professor Janalee P. Caldwell links the source of toxin in Amazonian poison frogs...
Great Walls, Vibrant Voices
THROUGHOUT DIVERSE NEIGHBORHOODS OF LOS ANGELES, PUBLIC SPACES ARE CANVASES FOR BOLD MURALS REFLECTING ETHNIC PRIDE AND CULTURAL IDENTITY Los Angeles, California--purveyor of pop culture, incubator of trends, entertainment epicenter--has appropriated...
Home on the Rancho
ON THE CALIFORNIA plains of North America, Luis Bonilla, native of Zacatecas, Mexico, is a visionary who enjoys sharing his building expertise with visitors to his ranch in New Cuyama. Having absorbed the art and architecture of his boyhood home...
Isaac Chocron: Tap Dancing until the End
ISAAC CHOCRON IS IN HIS ELEMENT. Surrounded by theater folks, he's relating his latest triumph, that of Tap Dance, which opened in Buenos Aires in September 1999, at the same time he shares a dish of fried calamari with his admirers. The Venezuelan...
On the Tapir's Tapering Trail
Although this shy ungulate may play an important role in maintaining tropical Forests, its numbers are rapidly declining The sounds of a large animal chewing and spitting on a dark Amazonian night didn't alarm wildlife biologist Richard Bodmer....
Putting the Samba in Opera
"SAMBOPERA" is the name Augusto Boal has attached to his Brazilianized version of classic operas. He transformed Bizet's Carmen into a sambopera that ran for nearly four months in the Banco do Brazil's two-hundred-seat Cultural Center theater, and...
Shearing Assets of the VICUNA
An experimental program in the Bolivian Andes may ensure the survival of this once-endangered camelid and improve conditions for poor campesino Porfirio Callancho has lived his whole life on this nearly fifteen thousand-feet-high plain where his...
Trade Ministers in Toronto
DESPITE CHALLENGES THAT have affected some countries in the Americas--including natural disasters, financial turbulence, and economic downturns--trade and investment flows have generally been maintained and free-trade negotiations continue on track,...
Transcending Traditional Tracks
Carlos Vives EI Amor de mi Tierra (EMI Latin H2 7243 5 22854 2 6) Colombian singer and composer Vives, a youthful exponent of the festive rhythms of his country's Caribbean-influenced culture, pays homage to the traditional style of such distinctive...
Upfront
Les Ameriques Est Arrivee!!! We have exciting news for our readers. For the first time, beginning with the April 2000 issue of Americas (Volume 52, number 2), the magazine will also be published in an identical French-language edition. We are delighted...
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