Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 4, July-August

Alchemist of Forgotten Stories
In 1975 Guillermo Nunez went to jail for being disrespectful of the powers that be. During the darkest days of the military regime, Nunez had inaugurated an exhibition in the Chilean-French Institute for Culture in Santiago, Chile, consisting of a roomful...
An Encounter in Focus
Europe has its long-established international photography festivals, like the famous Mai de la Foto in Arles, France, and Scotland's Fotofeis. On the other side of the Atlantic, the United States hosts its annual FotoFest in Houston, Texas. One of the...
A New Wave of Communication
In these fast-paced times, information has acquired a crucial importance in many aspects of our daily lives. Recent technological advances and the development of electronic media have now allowed the countries of the Americas to share their rich cultural...
Cultural Sites at Risk
Help is urgently needed to save Easter Island's Orongo stone village and Alaska's Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church. The same goes for the more easily overlooked public elevator system in Valparaiso, Chile, and a state prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...
Inside a Theater of Words with Ilan Stavans
A MULTIFACETED MEXICAN-BORN WRITER AND TRANSLATOR EXPLORES ISSUES OF IDENTITY, RELIGION, AND LANGUAGE FROM A UNIQUELY BICULTURAL PERSPECTIVE The narrative and critical writings of Ilan Stavans are unusual not only because he is a young man but also...
Keyboardist of Contemplated Spontaneity
Life in the jazz world's fast lane can take one to the spotlight of a Grammy Awards nomination and the prestige of a Lincoln Center debut. Along the way, if that traveler is Cuba's keyboard wunderkind Gonzalo Rubalcaba, it can also mean an increasingly...
Panama at a New Watershed
This country faces complex challenges, as it prepares to assume full responsibility for one of the world's busiest trade routes within a fragile ecosystem Elihu Root called Panama "that graveyard of reputations." As the man Theodore Roosevelt, first...
Rooting for Peccaries
Although these piglike animals are common from Argentina to the U.S. Southwest, the largest of their species is threatened with extinction in the Gran Chaco Mid-morning and the heat of Bolivia's Gran Chaco was beginning to get to wildlife biologist...
The Democratic Process at Work
An OAS Observer Mission of twenty-five individuals, coordinated by Santiago Murray, was in the Dominican Republic from May 1 to May 20 to monitor the electoral process. The first round of national elections was held on May 16. A record number of voters...
The Lore of a Desert Dive
It is said that Tupac Yupanqui, the fifteenth-century Inca emperor, once passed through the remote Atacama Desert of northern Chile and spent some time at the village of Chiu-Chiu. Thanks to the presence of a beautiful maiden named Inca Kolla, he delayed...
Truth & Fiction Chart a Miraculous Journey
Cabeza de Vaca's own record of his wanderings has been reinterpreted by myriad generations Two New World prophecies of doom from year 1528, both soon to come true. One made by the Moorish seeress of Badajoz, later recounted by a Spanish gentlewoman...
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