Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 5, September-October

De Mi Alma Latina 2
Latin American popular songs, says famed opera tenor Domingo, "are beautiful and an incredible variety of them exists." By shifting his artistic focus, however briefly, from opera to this venerable popular music idiom, the Spanish vocalist sees his...
Enigma and Ritual in Sechin
Located near the juncture of the Sechin and Moxeke rivers at an elevation of only one hundred meters [330 feet] above sea level, Cerro Sechin is probably the best known of the early Casma sites. During the Initial Period [1800-900 B.C.], this monument...
Migrating to Safer Solutions
Scarcely two years ago the otherwise placid Argentine pampa became a grizzly scene of carnage that made news from Buenos Aires to Washington to Ottawa, from Parana to Sacramento and Edmonton. Thousands of Swainson's hawks -- some biologists estimate...
Painting the Sky
Considered the world's most photographed event, October's Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a delight for all the senses. Approaching the launch field before dawn, there's the scent of fall to the crisp New Mexico air, mingled with...
Placido Domingo: Master of the Whole Score
When asked what makes a great singer, Enrico Caruso once replied, "A big chest, a big mouth, 90 percent memory, 10 percent intelligence, lots of hard work, and something in the heart." Placido Domingo has the big chest, a voice with ringing volume...
Reclaiming the Poisoned Land
The cessation of armed conflict in several regions of the world in recent years, and a realization of what dangers were left in its wake, has led to a near universal condemnation of the use of antipersonnel land mines. Now there is a wide agreement...
Reinterpreting the Icons
Accompanied by Fernando Llosa Porras, we arrived at the spectacular monument after a five-hour journey to the Casma Valley. Llosa Porras, who has studied Sechin's icons for over twenty years and lectures throughout Peru on the subject, offers a perceptive,...
Strings to the Past
On a warm Madrid night in the 1920s, a young Andres Segovia picked up his German-made Hauser guitar and broke four centuries of silence. The music he played had once delighted Ferdinand and Isabella and Emperor Charles V. After being buried under...
The Fertile Returns of Permaculture
In 1956 Carlos Caballero Zamora, an inventive Tlaxcalan in Ms early thirties returned to his hometown in the mountains of southern Mexico to purchase the worst stretch of land he could find. Today in Tlaxcala, a state renowned for pervasive erosion...
Through the Volcano's Eye: Salvadoran Photographer Muriel Hasbun
Instead of ashes and flame, Arabic calligraphy rises from the cone of El Salvador's Izalco volcano, the famed lighthouse of the Pacific. Salvadoran photographer Muriel Hasbun has suspended one of her great-grandfather's prayers invoking "all the saints...
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