Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 2, March-April

A Highway to the Past
THE NEED TO COPE with the pressing urban problems of today helped officials in the Dominican Republic find an innovative way of preserving some of the country's most important ecological and cultural assets from pre-Columbian times. Santo Domingo, the...
A Salute to the Spirits
Exquisitely crafted Vodun flags reflect the powerful influence of the traditional gods and the important role of this syncretistic religion in Haiti's complex cultural history IN THE OLD MARKET PLACE, by the docks of Port-au Prince, an aged granny smokes...
Brazil's Daredevil of the Air
IN THE RESORT TOWN of Petropolis, where the Brazilian royal family once repaired to avoid the tropical diseases that ravaged Rio de Janeiro during the summer months, a peculiar structure resembling an oversized bird house in the style of a Swiss chalet...
Channeling River Power
FOR SEVERAL DECADES engineers, navigators, and politicians have contemplated the possibility of linking the river systems of South America to open up navigation across the entire continent. Three principal river basins--the Orinoco (880,000 sq. km.)...
CIM: Making Women's Rights Human Rights
Violence against women has been termed by many activists to constitute one of the most flagrant violations of human rights. Today we bear witness to women and non-governmental organizations joining forces everywhere in a revolutionary movement to right...
Keeper of the Wild Side
LATE ONE SUMMER afternoon several years ago an old man with white hair and a wrinkled face appeared at the Belize Zoo's main gate. It was past closing time and Sharon Matola, the U.S.-born founder and director of Belize's only zoo, was tired. Still,...
Making Bricks Soar
URUGUAYAN ARCHITECT ELADIO DIESTE COMBINES AESTHETICS AND PRAGMATISM TO BUILD AIRY STRUCTURES AT A LOW COST IN THIS AGE OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY when construction projects seem invariably to carry multi million-dollar price tags, it is refreshing to encounter...
Nurturing Conservation Naturally in the Twin Isles
Climbing the windy road to Brimstone Hill Fortress on St. Kitts, the taxi driver sounded his horn long before he reached the bend. There's no seeing around the turns, and it's one way up and down, so announcing your arrival is imperative. Ascending the...
Pork Sausages
He never was greedy, but I knew about his satanic and benevolent perversity when in the rounded edges of late afternoon he was going crazy slicing little bits of pork sausage that he would eat with the delicious compulsion of perverse wolves and saints....
Reviewing Barbara Mujica
Dr. Barbara Mujica, novelist, short story writer and professor of Spanish at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has been a collaborating editor for Americas Magazine since 1990. In addition to reviewing books on a regular basis, this versatile...
Silent Magic in la Serena
IN 1995, THE FILM industry will celebrate the first centennial of cinema as an artistic expression. But the city of La Serena--located 470 kilometers north of Santiago, Chile--has already begun the celebration with their First International Silent Film...
Sweet Mystery
WAY UP THE FOGGY Puerto Rican mountain town of Adjuntas, the locals grow, pack and export a fruit many people have never even heard of, let alone seen. The mystery fruit is citron--a delicacy mentioned in the Bible, prized since Roman times, honored...
The Colors between Earth and Sky
A CULTURAL PROSPECTOR OF THE U.S. SOUTHWEST, PAINTER TED DE GRAZIA PRESERVED INDIAN MYSTICISM BRIGHT LIGHTS FROM THE T.V. cameras arced across the room as waiters in dinner jackets carrying trays of wine and hors d'oeuvres moved through the sophisticated,...
The Little House of Muses
It used to be said of Bogota that when two gentlemen met in the street, they would, instead of greetings, exchange verses. Since that time, the Colombian capital has grown from a provincial-minded town into a metropolis of six million, beset, like any...
Through the Eyes of the Heart
I was born in Buenos Aires, of Argentine parents of Spanish and Italian descent. Destiny and circumstance led me to travel widely in South America from early youth. First I was invited to Uruguay by Grupo 8, whom I met through Rafael Squirru, founder...
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