Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 6, November-December

Anchoring Progress in Tradition
SIX MILLENNIA AGO, LONG BEFORE KING TUT RULED EGYPT, BANDS OF CIBONEY INDIANS LEFT THE COAST OF VENEZUELA TO PADDLE NORTH. GUIDED BY CLOUDS HOVE RING OVER THE PEAKS OF ISLANDS HIDDEN BEYOND THE HORIZON, THEY REACHED AND SETTLED ON GRENADA, SAINT VINCENT,...
A Synagogue Survives Shifting Sands
VIOLINIST YITZHAK PERLMAN plans to make an appearance. So does Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, poet Maya Angelou, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They, along with thousands of other people, are expected to flock to the U.S. Virgin Islands...
Dance on the Path of Life
FOR OVER TWO DECADES, MEXICO'S TALLER COREOGRAFICO AND ITS FOUNDER, GLORIA CONTRERAS, HAVE BEEN CHALLENGING AUDIENCES WITH THEIR EVER-NEW NOTIONS OF THE BALLET The people in line outside the Sala Miguel Convarrubias at the Centro Cultural Universitario...
Disaster in Darien
In the late seventeenth century, before union with England, the Scots ventured to carve out a colony in the New World--with fateful results There is a remote point of land on Panama's southeastern coast that still bears the name Punta Escoces, or Scots'...
Evolving Summits of the Americas
In Punta del Este, Uruguay, thirty-three years ago, the OAS and the Inter-American system received a jolt of creative energy and hope when the heads of state of the American nations formally established the Alliance for Progress. In March 1961, the newly...
Paying the Price of Ecotourism; Two Pioneer Biological Reserves Face the Challenges Brought by a Recent Boom in Tourism
Two of the oldest ecotourist destinations in the Americas are Ecuador's Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Both have been internationally acclaimed for their sound conservation and tourism strategies. Both have been "blessed"...
Singing the Border News
Then said Gregorio Cortez With his pistol in his hand, "Ah, so many mounted Rangers Just to take one Mexican!" from the corrido of Gregorio Cortez, (circa 1901) The Mexican corrido, or sung narrative ballad, holds a primary place in the mythos of that...
The Inauguration of a New Era
In his inaugural address of September 15, Secretary General Cesar Gaviria pledged to be "the most devoted warrior for freedom, democracy, peace, prosperity, integration, and the well-being of all citizens of the Americas." The former president of Colombia...
The Intuitive Lens of Lisl Steiner
In her entrancing portraits, the Argentine photojournalist reveals the universal child As a photojournalist, Lisl Steiner roamed the congested cities and remote outback of the Americas for over three decades, often on assignment for major publications...
The Manatee's Hidden Haven
SOMEWHERE ALONG the Manzanilla stretch on Trinidad's southeast coast, about two hundred feet: from violently crashing waves, and some seventy feet from the busy road, lies a placid pond, hidden by a wall of mangrove trees. In its waters lulls Trinidad's...
Thirty-Five Years Defending Human Rights
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is the institutional embodiment of an ideal. Its establishment in 1959 as an expression of the commitment of the America states "to a system of freedom for the individual and of social justice based...
Trailing Footprints from the Past
FOR OVER HALF A CENTURY, ALBERTO REX GONZALEZ HAS CHARTED THE COURSE FOR ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE SOUTHERN CONE I am here, following the footsteps of these who have gone away, I am walking along the path left by those who have gone away, I follow the trail...
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