Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 3, May-June

A Bold Baton for Sao Paulo
When John Neschling arrived in Sao Paulo in 1997 to take over the baton of the venerable State Symphony Orchestra, the situation, as he puts it starkly, "was in shambles. I had known the orchestra for thirty years, but its state when I took over was...
Bound by Art and Life: Sharing a Vision, a Dedicated Couple Revived a Respected Mexican Cultural Magazine through Stunning Design and Wide-Ranging Content
When a couple, long married, talks about their friendship and affinities, we understand the essence of their enduring union, but when the two are also professional partners, co-editors, and their labor of love is the venerable Aries de Mexico, then...
Bountiful Rebound of Argentine Cinema: Despite This Nation's Recent Social and Economic Crises, the Film Industry Is Flourishing with New Works by Both Young and Established Filmmakers
An eighty-year-old man decides to embark on a trip to find his dog, Malacara; two rip-off artists finally find themselves facing their dream deal; a man leaves prison hoping to start a new life; as summer temperatures rise, overheated residents of...
Brazil's Bubbles of Well-Being: For over a Century, Famed Mineral Waters Have Fueled Local Pride and the Economies of Several Small Towns in Minas Gerais
In the town of Caxambu, the day begins not with a mad dash to the workplace but with a splash, literally. Like many of his neighbors in this restful city of twenty-five thousand, Sebastiao Rocha's first stop after leaving home in the morning is a water...
Building Houses and Confidence
IN A REMOTE VILLAGE in Guatemala's Peten department, the OAS has begun building houses to relocate some fifty families affected by territorial negotiations between Belize and Guatemala. The project is the latest step in a long-term effort to promote...
Caribbean Model of Memory
In large and wealthy nations, collective memories, histories, and images are carefully gathered, displayed, and guarded in museums. But what can small, young nations do to preserve their historical record? The answer to that question has been worked...
From Maya Courts to a Celebrated Cubist
The Art, Culture, and history of Mexico take center stage in Washington, D.C., as the National Gallery of Art presents two important exhibitions as well as all impressive array of Mexican cinema. With over 130 masterworks, including stone sculptures,...
From the Editor
An exaggeration to be sure, but there is some validity to Frederick Barnard's contention that "one picture is worth ten thousand words." Visual imagery grabs our attention with an immediacy and force that words can only hope to accumulate. In this...
Haiti's Haven of Art and Hope
In early March, a few days after armed rebels forced Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide from office, vandals ransacked a Port au-Prince art museum and burned dozens of paintings--along with eighty-six rare Vodou dolls that were part of an exhibition...
Highstakes for an Inca Refuge: For Centuries off the Beaten Track, the Pre-Columbian Site of Choquequirao Now Stands Front and Center as the Tourist's Alternative to Machu Picchu
Spectacularly sited in the Peruvian Andes is an ancient city of the Incas, long shrouded in mystery. If this much of the story sounds familiar, the name of the city, likely does not. But if Peruvian tourism officials have their way, soon Choquequirao...
Human Rights Alarm
POLICE ABUSES, violations of due process of law, unlawful restrictions on freedom of expression, and problems in the administration of justice are some of the "structural deficiencies" that weaken democracies in the Americas, the OAS Inter-American...
Quito: Beauty and History
One of this hemisphere's lofties capitals, Quito, Ecuador, is almost two miles above sea level and only fifteen miles south of the equator. Occupying a high fertile hoya or basin, between the towering mountains of the Andean cordilleras, the city's...
Wondrous Wetland Crucial Currents: A Journey on Chile's Cruces River Reveals a Long-Protected Sanctuary Where Tranquil Waters May Meet a Disturbing Future
The serpentine tongue of the Cruces River becomes visible from the air a few minutes after take-off from the city of Valdivia. At first glance it appears lifeless only a dismembered extension of flooded marshlands. But as you move closer, the crisp,...
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