Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 1, January-February

A Collection with a Reason for Being
Deutsch arrived in Mexico City in 1939 with her family, political refugees from Nazi Austria. She had no knowledge of Mexico nor the Spanish language but soon after her arrival, she saw a mural by the great Jose Clemente Orozco in the city's Palace...
City of a Thousand Peoples
ON JANUARY 25, Sao Paulo, Brazil, kicks off a year's worth of special events to celebrate the 450th anniversary of its founding. Lights and fireworks displays in four locations will illuminate fountains in the lake of Ibirapuera Park--Latin America's...
Dating Old Bones
THE OLDEST HUMAN skull in the Americas has been found and dated to be nearly thirteen thousand years old, confirming that humans lived in the Americas a thousand years earlier than scientists thought. The age and the shape of the skull are raising...
Democratic Succession in Bolivia
THE OAS PERMANENT COUNCIL affirmed its full support for the recent "constitutional and democratic succession" in Bolivia and the new government of President Carlos Mesa Gisbert. Mesa had sewed as vice president under Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, who...
Final Destination: Culture
DESPITE ARGENTINA'S economic woes, there is one industry that is booming: tourism. Encouraged by the favorable exchange rate, tourists are flocking to Argentina to visit the country's myriad attractions, from the urbane beauty of Buenos Aires to...
From the Editor
Festivals, by their nature, are colorful celebrations, meant to be enjoyed by all who take part; today, however, they are also efforts to revive and protect cultures and the communities that created them. The festivals that you'll read about in these...
Lookout of Poetic Passage: In Imaginative Novellas and Stories, Award-Winning Colombian Writer Alvaro Mutis Captures the Inner Turmoil of a Universal Wanderer
His study is a small workroom as Snug as a captain's cabin; oil an adjoining door an Art Deco-style poster celebrates the heyday of transatlantic crossings by steamship; and a model tugboat perches upon andirons of a fire-place rarely used in temperate...
Murga's Merry Militants: In Buenos Aires, Cultural Activists Are Bringing This Popular Carnival Celebration-Long Thought Dead-Back to Life
Coco Romero is serious about fun. Officially speaking, Coco sits at a desk under a sign that reads "Popular Culture" at the Ricardo Rojas Cultural Center. That means he is responsible for propagating local traditions such as circus, mime, graffiti...
One with the Image: From His Stirring Work as a Photojournalist to His Recent Digital Exploration, Marcelo Montecino Reveals a Vision That Integrates Emotion, Technology, and Imagination
1943: Marcelo Tomas Montecino--Slaughter on his mother's side-is born in Santiago, Chile. 1951: While playing war, a small steel pellet fired by a friend lodges in his left eye rendering him partially, but irrevocably, blind. Whether this accident...
Shaping Security beyond Borders
The Special Conference on Security, held in Mexico last October, brought together foreign ministers and other high-level officials from the thirty-four members of the Organization of American States in an effort to design a new security structure for...
Sharing the Box of Treasures
ELABORATELY CARVED masks occupy a place of honor at the U'mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, British Columbia. Worn by dancers during traditional potlatch ceremonies, the masks evoke denizens of land, air, and sea: wolf and bear, raven and eagle,...
Tobago's Living Stage for Heritage: Each Year, Residents of This Small Caribbean Island Celebrate Their Rich and Complex Past While Building Pride in Their Cultural Identity for Modern Generations
The first, tentative drops of rain begin to fall shortly before 11 a.m., quickly escalating into dense, silvery sheets that sweep down the jungle-carpeted hillsides of Tobago's Main Ridge Reserve and across the fishing village of Charlotteville into...
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