Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, March-April

Beasties Make Big Business
Depending on where you live, you can buy an alpaca and have it shipped to you from Chile for under US$900. According to the Research and Budget Division of Chile's Undersecretariat of Agriculture, 273 alpacas were shipped overseas in 1989, at a total...
Chile's Distinguished Immigrant Takes Root
FOR HALF A CENTURY Chilean forests have generated some of the most remarkable economic growth in the Hemisphere, and still hold nothing but promising prospects for the future. The mainstay of the booming timber industry is the Monterey pine, known...
From Rocks to Riches
AUBIQUITOUS WHITE CRYSTAL Was once widely smuggled under sail from the Caribbean coast of South America back to Europe, where it spread to every comer. Millions of people used it compulsively, while others shunned it as a poison. Respectable businessmen...
High-Value Dentistry
In the days before Crest, Colgate and other toothpastes promised their users a dazzling smile, the dentists of ancient Mexico had a surefire way to make teeth glisten and gleam. By today's standards the procedure would be extremely costly--and painful...
Load the Bases: Latin Ballplayers
True baseball fans know Latin American ballplayers are vital to a game which stands with Mom and apple pie as the popular symbol for all things red, white, and blue. But few are aware that the national pastime of the United States extends its reach...
Manuela & Simon
I confess that I am not a tolerant woman; yet, at the same time, let me add that I have endured far too much. You can call my zeal a crime; you can revile me as you will. You may satisfy your thirst for malice but you have not discouraged me. For my...
Marimba Goes Mainstream
The resonant sound it produces seems to vibrate through the ages, putting the listener immediately in touch with peoples, times and places far removed from today's world. In its singular majesty, the marimba is an organic ink between cultures that...
New World Art Tours the Old World
Ritual objects musical instruments, mythological figures, vases and pots, religious masks, and jewelry in gold, platinum and turquoise make up a travelling exhibit of more than a hundred pieces of art from the museums Of the Central Bank of Quito and...
Nicaragua Turns out to Vote
On February 25, 1990, world attention was focused on the elections in Nicaragua. At that time, there were 434 observers from the Organization of American States in the country. The observer group, led by OAS Secretary General Joao Clemente Baena Soares,...
Papas/batatas/patatas/potatoes
On the wind-whipped shores of Lake Titicaca, pan pipes sigh a wistful tribute to Pacha Mama, the Earth Mother, as Aymara Indians slice open small potatoes and stuff them with coca leaves. Planted first, the impregnated potatoes will guarantee a good...
St. Vincent: Modern Outlook, Antique Style
GAZING OUT THE WINDOW of the turboprop plane as it descended over St. Vincent, I remembered the pilot's announcement during my first landing on the island: "Ladies and gentlemen, we will have to circle around and make another approach, apparently...
The Making of a Saint
THE COUNTRYSIDE around Asuncion is typical of much of Paraguay: cotton and tobacco fields, palm trees offering little shade to scrawny cattle, infrequent escarpments of basalt punctuating otherwise rolling terrain. If you come in the springtime, it...
The Return
From the window of the train, the man looked out at the city of his birth. His eyes filled with tears. Thirty years! He got out at the station-just as he remembered it, nothing had changed-and breathed deeply. It even smelled the same, woodsy and dusty....
The Wake
Mama's fingers hurriedly tied into a bow the white ribbon on my braid. "Hurry up, or we'll be late," she said, her voice solemn. I obediently finished fixing my hair, and together we went out to the street, which still radiated the heat of a...
Three Artists of Cuzco: Three Centuries of Colonial Art
The art of colonial Latin America reflects a rich and fascinating age created by a luxury-loving society little understood in our time. Pedro de Vargas, Diego Quispe Tito and Marcos Zapata, three great artists of Cuzco, Peru, were as important to colonial...
Ties That Bind in Latin America
Slowly but surely Latin American nations are forging rail, road and river links between their countries, at times over and through extremely hostile terrain. If all goes according to plan, it is only a matter of time before Bolivia has access by rail...
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