Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 6, November-December

Afro-Cuban Sacred Music-Matanzas, Cuba Ca. 1957. (Harmonies from Small to Large Nation)
No Spanish-speaking nation currently enjoys such widespread global appreciation of its music as does Cuba. In part, this unfaltering adulation can be attributed to the ease with which such elemental Cuban forms as bolero, mambo, and cha-cha were integrated...
Alfredo Triff 21 Broken Melodies at Once. (Harmonies from Small to Large Nation)
Alfredo Triff 21 Broken Melodies at Once (American Clave JTAC 1023) No Spanish-speaking nation currently enjoys such widespread global appreciation of its music as does Cuba. In part, this unfaltering adulation can be attributed to the ease with...
Changing Roles for the Military. (Inter-American System)
With the peaceful resolution of old border disputes and the end of Cold War-era proxy wars between leftist guerrillas and right-wing dictatorships, the militaries of Latin America are gradually turning their attention to other pressing concerns such...
Conservation's Human Face. (Americas !Ojo!)
IN CELEBRATION OF its fiftieth anniversary, the Nature Conservancy asked twelve artists each to visit a place the organization has helped protect and then record a response to that place on film. The result, appropriately entitled In Response to Place,...
Defiant Folklorist of the Forgotten: Bolivia's Rebellious Antonio Paredes-Candia Has Devoted His Entire Life to Recording and Sharing His Country's Popular Culture
Gloria Garcia de Terrazas, Bolivia's director of cultural patrimony, recalls the time when Antonio Paredes-Candia visited her in her office in the vice-ministry of culture to talk about selling his books on El Prado, La Paz's main street. She explained...
From Omnilife to Omnicity. (Americas !Ojo!)
THE LURE OF magnificent cities hidden somewhere on the American frontier has sparked the imaginations of New World adventurers from time immemorial. Think only of El Dorado, Machu Picchu, and the Fountain of Youth. But if Mexican herbal supplement...
Grupo del Cuareim Candombe. (Harmonies from Small to Large Nation)
Grupo del Cuareim Candombe (Big World BW 2024) If it weren't for New York City record producer Neil Weiss, music by contemporary Uruguayan artists would be all but missing from the international marketplace. In the past decade, his Big World label...
Hope and A Box of Saints. (Books)
Maria Amparo Escandon burst onto the international literary scene in 1999 with her novel Esperanza's Box of Saints, published in English by the prestigious North American house Simon and Schuster. The following year Plaza & Janes published Santitos,...
Leo Masliah Eslabones. (Harmonies from Small to Large Nation)
Leo Masliah Eslabones (Big World BW 2023) If it weren't for New York City record producer Neil Weiss, music by contemporary Uruguayan artists would be all but missing from the international marketplace. In the past decade, his Big World label has...
Lifelines Leading from the River: Devastated by Recent Natural Disasters and Decades of Political Turmoil, Remote Communities along Nicaragua's Northern Border with Honduras Are Rebuilding. (Cover Story)
On most maps it is the Rio Coco--the Coconut River; to the Miskito Indians it is the Wangki, a sacred waterway. named for their ancestors. Flowing through a remote, rugged terrain of tropical rain forests, the river forms a natural border between Honduras...
Martinique Gardens of Bounty and Tears: From Vestiges of Colonial European Society to Varied Creole Plantings, This Island's Landscape Reflects Its Eclectic and Turbulent History
GREAT STANDS or FEATHERY BAMBOO CURVE overhead; lianas dangle from giant fromager trees, and bright bursts of color accent myriad shades of green. If these are the vistas that greeted the original inhabitants of Martinique, it's small wonder that they...
Pampas Princes on Pointe: Although Each Has Leaped into the Limelight with Distinctive Talents, Four Male Principals of the World Ballet Scene Are Strongly Grounded in Argentina
International ballet's A-list of male danseurs is crowded with Argentines. You may be able to count them on just two hands, but that's a lot considering their fiercely competitive profession and the few students produced by their alma mater, the Instituto...
Rhythms and Songs for the Orishas-Havana, Cuba, Ca. 1957. (Harmonies from Small to Large Nation)
Rhythms and Songs for the Orishas--Havana, Cuba, ca. 1957 (SFW CD 40489) No Spanish-speaking nation currently enjoys such widespread global appreciation of its music as does Cuba. In part, this unfaltering adulation can be attributed to the ease...
Rolling out the Maya Universe: Justin Kerr's Innovative Peripheral Camera Has Revolutionized the Study of Glyphs and Imagery, Unfurling New Perspectives on This Sophisticated Pre-Columbian Culture. (Cover Story)
As any New World cartographer figured out five hundred years ago, rounded surfaces hold their secrets tightly. How to map them, lay them fiat, without losing all sense of proportion, of meaning? It's a problem that photographer and self-taught Mayanist...
The Compositions of Maestro Gonzalo Roig Amistad 404. (Harmonies from Small to Large Nation)
The Compositions of Maestro Gonzalo Roig Amistad 404 (Lideres 744950065-2) No Spanish-speaking nation currently enjoys such widespread global appreciation of its music as does Cuba. In part, this unfaltering adulation can be attributed to the ease...
The Otavalo Weave a Niche: The Age-Old Textile Tradition of These Ecuadoran Indians Has Bonded Families and Community While Attracting an International Tourist Market. (Cover Story)
I used to visit a Saturday town market sixty miles north of Quito, Ecuador's capital, which started before dawn, and was over by 9 a.m. It left me little time to take pictures, for the surrounding Andes mountains did not let the sun in early. The market...
Tobago's Rooms with a View. (Americas !Ojo!)
DESCRIBED MORE than forty years ago in Fodor's 1960 Guide to the Caribbean as "Trinidad's beautiful stepchild," laid-back Tobago is bracing for an unprecedented hotel construction boom that could change the island's character dramatically. Last...
Trio Fattoruso. (Harmonies from Small to Large Nation)
Trio Fattoruso (Big World BW2025) If it weren't for New York City record producer Neil Weiss, music by contemporary Uruguayan artists would be all but missing from the international marketplace. In the past decade, his Big World label has focused...
Uniting against Terrorism. (OAS)
Ten days after terrorists attacked targets in the United States, foreign ministers from around the Hemisphere met in the Hall of the Americas to repudiate the attacks and strengthen their efforts against terrorism. "Individually and collectively,"...
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