Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 3, May-June

A Scent of Heaven and Earth: From Pre-Columbian Times to Today, Copal Has Been Burned for a Wide Variety of Religious and Secular Purposes
Man bas burned incense since time immemorial as a ritual, as a cure, or simply as an aromatic. The Sphinx at Giza has an inscription dating from 1530 B.C. attesting to the fine properties of such scented inhalations. Romans burned it in ceremonies...
Bahamian Beauty by the Bolt: The Colorful Hand-Batiked Fabric Called Androsia Is Leaving Its Print beyond Its Island Origins
Nassau hotel manager Monique Smith sports her aqua and white Androsia pantsuit for weekend lunches with friends. The Reverend Newton W. Hamilton dons his navy blue and white Androsia shirt to officiate at informal weddings on the island of Andros....
Charting Indigenous Rights. (OAS)
PARTICIPANTS IN A week-long special session on indigenous issues said they had made substantial progress toward making an American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples a reality. The adoption of such an instrument would show the OAS member...
Chiloe's Seaside Sanctuaries: Beautifully Integrated into the Environment, the Stunning Wooden Churches of This Chilean Island Are Monuments to the Rich Heritage and Spirit of This Nation
A rugged outpost near the continent's end, the island of Chiloe is just the kind of place to test a person's resolve. And it has, for centuries. Its residents endure a rainy, stormy climate that seems to drench the island and everything on it in a...
Clear Coast for Mine-Free Costa Rica. (Inter-American System)
On December 10, 2002, Costa Rica declared itself to be the first mine-free country in the hemisphere. Mines and explosive devices had been buried in hills and arroyos and along bridges and roads during the war years of the 1980s and had remained in...
Close-Ups of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: In a Visit with This World-Renowned Colombian Novelist, Our Author Snapped Highlights of His Typical Workday
The most celebrated author in the Americas is waving to us, beckoning us into his studio, which sits outside his tasteful, two-story colonial house, across a grassy interior courtyard. Once inside he greets us warmly, chuckling at our Old Testament...
Condemning Terrorism. (OAS)
RESPONDING TO A "despicable" car-bomb explosion in Bogota, the OAS Permanent Council condemned the "numerous terrorist acts perpetrated by armed groups in Colombia operating outside the law." Meeting in special session last February, the Council...
Costa Rico Boasts Its Beans. (!Ojo!)
FOR TOURISTS VISITING Costa Pica, taking Cafe Britt's famous coffee tour has practically become a rite of passage. On a typical weekday, dozens of North American, Japanese, and European tourists can be seen trooping around the Cafe Britt estate...
Cultivating Faith on the Chaco: Enduring Decades of Hardship, Mennonite Immigrants Built Communities That Today Prosper in This Desolate Region of Paraguay
At dusk, the sun is a blazing red ball beyond the flat, shimmering horizon. Like muffled church bells calling worshipers to prayer, the clickety-clank of empty, metal milk vats being unloaded reverberates in the oppressive evening air peculiar to the...
Dominican Port for Prosperity. (!Ojo!)
GOVERNMENT APPROVAL has been given to the Dominican Republic's biggest-ever infrastructure project, comprising a new port and free trade zone, an international airport, fifteen hundred houses, a hotel, and a marina. A consortium of French, U.S.,...
Flower Power from Puerto Rico. (!Ojo!)
EVERY YEAR in late June, the town of Aibonito, high in the Cordillera Central of Puerto Rico, throws itself a spectacular party to celebrate this Caribbean island's spectacular horticultural bounties. On exhibit are everything from leafy-green ornamental...
From Hip Bones to Hip Tones. (Music)
Although in recent years Viviana Guzman has become one of the most in-demand concert artists in the U.S., it was medical services, not music, that initially brought the renowned Chilean flutist to North America. "I was born with a bilateral hip dislocation,"...
From the Editor
Thirty years ago, UNESCO began to designate various "special" places in the world as part of mankind's universal patrimony. Communities and their national governments worked hard to fulfill UNESCO's prerequisites in order to gain this distinction....
Investigating Violence in Bolivia. (OAS)
SECRETARY General Cesar Gaviria visited Bolivia in early March and said an OAS-appointed commission would help investigate the events that left more than thirty people dead during two days of disturbances in February. The Bolivian government had...
Latitudes
Two months after the wedding, Juan de Dios received a telegram from my father announcing that Luisa Santiaga was pregnant. The news was passed on to Aracataca and shook the very foundations of the family house, where Mina had not yet recovered from...
Nicaraguan President Visits OAS. (OAS)
PRESIDENT ENRIQUE Bolanos of Nicaragua said the countries of Central America are enjoying a period of unprecedented unity, peace, and economic integration, and urged international financial institutions to seize the moment. Central America, he said,...
The Home of Tango. (!Ojo!)
IN THE COUNTRY WHERE tango worship is a daily obsession, the childhood home of Carlos Gardel, the style's greatest vocal interpreter, has long been considered a shrine by the most fervent tango devotees. After decades of neglect, the two-story dwelling...
The Pulse of Patrimony in Paraty: Long Recognized for Its Colonial Architecture, This Brazilian City Has Succeeded in Protecting Its Natural Environment and Traditions, While Attracting Growing Tourism
"Vem--dos caminhos do mar, vem navegan do cansado"--Come on the highways of the sea, come wearily sailing." So begins a popular song by Jose Kleber, native son and poet of Paraty. And on that late afternoon in 1967 when I first saw his little town,...
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