Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 4, July

AUTHOR of His Own Destiny
Neil Bissoondath's characters are mostly disillusioned immigrants who restlessly wander the "promised land" of North America, all the while hungering for the imperfect happy isles that they fled. But the internationally acclaimed author himself feels...
Blues with an Altitude
AMERICAN BLUES is traditionally considered southern music, but few associate it with the southern hemisphere. They haven't met Buenos Aires native Pedro Parodi, who has spent his life bringing blues rhythms to the land of the Southern Cross. Parodi,...
COME TOGETHER AT THE Cornerstone
A nonprofit organization in New Mexico restores historic adobe structures while providing an opportunity for communities to reaffirm cultural values As a crow flies, the New Mexico hamlet of La Cueva is thirty-five miles from Santa Fe, but to get...
Diary of a Poll Watcher in Peru
The call came on Thursday afternoon. The Unit for the Promotion of Democracy was on the line. Could I be in Lima in a week? Yes, I said. This diary recounts my experience as a member of the OAS electoral observation mission for the Peruvian election...
Equine Allies in the New World
Inspiring myths and legends, the horses of the conquistadors played an important role in Spain's victory over the Indians My land was conquered by the cavalryman --Garcilaso de la Vega, El Inca When Cortes first landed in Mexico on March 12,...
From the Editor
In 1990, I had the privilege of participating as an OAS observer in the national elections in Nicaragua. I spent three months in that country as a part of what was to be the largest and most extensive process of guaranteeing democratic elections in...
In the Fold of a SACRED SUMMIT
A trekker on a little-known route to Ausangate mountain in Peru's southeastern cordillera marvels at the natural wonders and serenity of daily life AS WE HIKE THROUGH THE HIGH MOUNTAINS, large turquoise-blue and emerald lakes gradually come into...
LISTENING TO THE Language of the Land
Researchers are applying indigenous traditional knowledge in innovative efforts to improve the environment and health care THE BIOLOGY BUILDING of Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Quito was quiet just before lunchtime. As I entered the herpetology...
Reviving Bolivia's African Culture
AT THE TOP OF a government-produced poster intended to illustrate native and indigenous peoples, a map of Bolivia is surrounded by photographs of the nation's indigenous peoples--plus one smiling Afrobolivian boy. To Afrobolivian historian Juan...
Spotlight on Indigenous Rights
GOVERNMENT AND INDIGENOUS leaders from throughout the hemisphere describe a new spirit of dialogue, cooperation, and understanding in discussions of the proposed American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The working group considering...
Stampeding Calgary
OPENING GATES this July 6-15, the annual Calgary Stampede is by far that city's greatest tourist attraction, a renowned rodeo celebrating the city's ranching heritage. Every year more than one million people attend this largest cowboy contest in the...
Survivors in Wekso's Jungle
NEXT TIME Hollywood movie moguls want to make a film about the Vietnam War, they might consider Wekso. Here, amid the thick jungle undergrowth, the rushing river, and the chattering of strange birds, lie the camouflaged ruins of concrete buildings...
The Queen of Fusion Returns
Flora Purim has a nighttime ritual that has varied little in recent decades. "There are two albums that are at my bedside," she confides, revealing the kind of musical inspiration that has spurred her evolution from a vocalist with a largely Brazilian...
Upfront
The Real Spanish Virgins I am writing in response to Larry Luxner's article, "Puerto Rico's Spanish Virgins," in your May/June edition. He refers to the existence of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands and to the proposition that...
Vik Muniz: Between Illusion and Memory
Using nontraditional materials, this inventive Brazilian artist captures the light and dark sides of his subjects in enduring images MY MIND IS BENT TO TELL OF BODIES CHANGED INTO NEW FORMS, writes Ovid in his opening to the Metamorphoses. "It is...
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