Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 3, May-June

Breathing Life into the Biosphere
IN MEXICO'S CALAKMUL BIOSPHERE RESERVE, RESIDENTS ARE REVITALIZING A CONSERVATION ETHIC PROMOTING "PARKS WITH PEOPLE" There is an immense forest in Mesoamerica that extends across the borders of three nations. In the Western Hemisphere, only the Amazon...
Changing Attitudes towards Native Peoples?
"We are the people of Omam, together with our brothers the animals, the plants, the rocks, and rivers," says Davi Yokenawa, who lives in Demini, an isolated, self-sufficient village in Brazil's Amazon forest, deep in the state of Roraima. He is one of...
Estampa Fina
Although the iconoclastic singer/composer's three decade-long career has been characterized by an irreverence toward Brazil's cherished cultural conventions, in recent years the Bahia-born Veloso has become a champion of the very traditions he once dismissed...
From Hammocks to Health
A weaver's society of Amerindian women in Guyana is preserving a traditional craft, and spinning a network of programs in farming, nutrition, and sanitation Hanging in London's British Museum is a hammock described as "the finest example of Amerindian...
Guyana Means Business
In one of South America's fastest-growing economies, calypso and reggae are vastly more popular than salsa, nearly everyone speaks English and the national sport isn't soccer - but cricket. Welcome to Guyana, a sparsely populated nation of 750,000,...
Mercedes Sosa: Song with No Boundaries
With a powerful voice that catapulted her to international stardom, this popular Argentine singer remains grounded in the emotions and daily struggles of common people She has been called the doyenne of Latin American folksingers, la gigante de la nueva...
Palette of Real Fantasies
THE LYRICAL LANDSCAPES OF PAINTER JOSEPH JEAN-GILLES REFLECT HIS KEEN OBSERVATION OF NATURE AND PASSION FOR HAITI For artist Joseph Jean-Gilles, his work "is a fantasy," and its content is clear: his native land and his native culture, Haiti. To him,...
The Best of Times
One of the top film festivals in the world, Berlin at forty-six is also one of the oldest and most well organized of such events. And, following the maxim that a film festival is only as good as the movies made in the last year or year and a half that...
The Dunes of Samayaluca
Thirty miles south of El Paso, Texas, beyond a green ribbon of cotton farms along the Rio Grande, lies a cluster of pink and gold dunes. Towering five hundred feet above the dry plains, the Medanos de Samalayuca are not only hauntingly beautiful, but...
The Haunting Gaze of Guatemala
In striking portraits, photographer Luis Gonzales Palma captures the soul of his countrymen and their complex historical legacy In his efforts to record the range of his homeland's experience, contemporary Guatemalan photographer Luis Gonzalez Palma...
Two-Way Corridor through History
Once one of the busiest trade routes in North America, the Camino Real is now the focus of preservation and research efforts in both mexico and the U.S. Don Juan de Onate might have stood like this, perched on the crest of a juniper-studded butte, watching...
Winning Wines of the Tropics
Traditionally, the need for big temperature variations and exacting soil conditions has limited the large-scale production of fine wine to locations at least thirty degrees north of the equator or at least thirty degrees south of the equator - but never...
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