Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 6, November-December

A Country Affair with National Pride
GAUCHOS AND CITY DWELLERS MINGLE AT THE FERIA RURAL, A CELEBRATION OF ARGENTINA'S PRIZED LIVESTOCK, FARM MACHINERY AND TRADITIONAL PRODUCTS COUNTRY COMES TO CITY AND VICE versa is perhaps the best way to describe Argentina's annual Exposicion de Ganaderia,...
Amazonia from A to Zoo
U.S. zoos do an excellent job of displaying wildlife from Africa, Asia and even North America. But not many focus on South American animals or ecosystems. The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is changing that with a new exhibit on the Amazonian rain...
A Priceless Peace Prize
For the second time in just six years, a Central American has been awarded the world's most distinguished honor for helping to promote peace. In selecting 33-year-old Rigoberta Menchu as winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize the Oslo, Norway-based Nobel...
A Quintet of Fresh Winds
In the tradition-bound world of classical music, change is often painfully slow. Musicians and audiences alike may resist even the most timid efforts to broaden the genre's parameters and more often than not are inclined to seek the comforting reassurance...
Brazil's Foremost Book Keeper
IN 1747 LUIZ ANTONIO ROSADA DA CUNHA published a book that described the arrival in Brazil of a Roman Catholic bishop. This innocuous and otherwise forgettable tome turned out to be a milestone, because at that particular time, and throughout the first...
Clementina Duarte: Architect of Gems
Precise forms, bold contours a distinctive personal style. Clementina Duarte's jewels, inspired by Brazil's baroque and modern architecture and geometric or floral patterns, are outstanding in design, finish and quality, creating for the artist an unmistakable...
Crossing All Borders
On a Sunday morning in October, a Japanese tourist visiting Washington, D.C., came across an unusual exhibition in the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History. "Are those real people inside that cage?" asked the bewildered visitor. The people...
Cultivating the Secrets of Aztec Gardens
PRIMARILY A TOURIST ATTRACTION TODAY, THE FLOATING GARDENS OF XOCHIMILCO ARE THE REMAINS OF AN INTRICATE AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM WHICH FED MEXICO'S ANCIENT CAPITAL CITY PRE-COLUMBIAN MEXICO presented the European world with an untold bounty of new and sophisticated...
Eve
He pursued her all through the library between tables, chairs, and lecterns. She escaped, while speaking of women's rights, which had been grossly violated. Five thousand absurd years separated them. For five thousand years she had been pursued inexorably,...
Fernando Alegria
Fernando Alegria, scholar, humanist, critic, poet, novelist, essayist, a professor of Spanish American literature and a Chilean to his marrow, whose commitment to Chile, the land and the myth, emerges constantly in his writings, was born in Santiago...
IICA Plants for Haiti's Environment
Coffee production is unquestionably one of the most important economic activities in the countries of the inter-American system, which together produce 71 percent of the world's coffee. It is one of the most valuable sources of foreign exchange for a...
Panama Banks on Reconstruction
WITH THE OPENING OF LATIN AMERICAN MARKETS, THIS CENTRAL AMERICAN NATION IS ON AN ECONOMIC UPSWING TWO FIERCE LOOKING BRONZE lions guard the entrance to the sleek Hongkong & Shanghai Bank building in downtown Panama City. According to a nineteenth-century...
Santiago of the Six Senses
A LEADI NG CHILEAN WRITER EVOKES THE LIGHT AND DARK OF HIS NATIVE CITY On February 12, 1541, Pedro de Valdivia reached the Mapocho Valley on a visit that went on and on. Softly lulled by the sweet breezes and the brightness of the eastern dawn atop...
Serra-Badue Shapes Surreal Reality
IN THE CAREFULLY EXECUTED COMPOSITIONS OF THIS CUBAN PAINTER CONCRETE OBJECTS BREATHE WITH INNER LIFE IN JULY OF 1936, 21-year-old Daniel Serra-Badue sailed back to his native Cuba on the Magallanes after a sojourn of four and a half years in Barcelona....
The Brasil Project
Next to the late Stan Getz, this 70-year-old Belgian harmonica virtuoso may be the best foreign friend modern Brazilian music has ever known. His collaborations with such legendary figures as the late Elis Regina, Brazil's most important vocal stylist...
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