Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 1, January-February

Artful Sculptors of Whimsy
FOR NEARLY HALF A CENTURY, THE LINARES FAMILY OF MEXICO HAS SHAPED A LIVING TRADITION IN PAPIER-MACHE On the morning of March 27, 1957, a fiery explosion changed Mexican folk art forever. On that day, an illegal cache of dynamite exploded on the outskirts...
Elusive Land of Light
ON A MISSION TO UNCOVER ECUADOR'S HIDDEN DIMENSIONS, PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM FOUR CONTINENTS MAPPED THIS NATION'S DIVERSITY IN OVER SIXTY-SIX THOUSAND IMAGES Years ago I traveled in Ecuador for four months on assignment for National Geographic magazine,...
Metaphors and Magic Unmask the Soul
IN TALES BOTH PERVERSE AND PLAYFUL, LUISA VALENZUELA EXPLORES THE DARK AND LIGHT SIDES OF LIFE'S UNPREDICTABILITY ARGENTINE WRITER LUISA VALENZUELA HAS DEFINED HER COUNTRY'S ORIGINS IN TERMS BOTH VIOLENT AND LYRICAL. IN A 1983 ESSAY PENNED FOR THE NEW...
Miami Splice
For Nat Chediak, Mr. Miami Film Festival, it's a matter of taste, a question of flavors. Some people prefer chocolate, some vanilla. Some Cannes, some Berlin. Others like Toronto, or Tokyo. What the U.S. film industry has come to recognize, what filmmakers...
PAHO Prescribes Partnership for Health
He walks with a moderate limp; his left leg is thinner and misshapen. But his friends don't seem to notice; or if they do, they don't say anything. He plays in the middle of the dirt road, surrounded by other boys his age, in front of the Recreo Picaflor...
Past Is Present in Peru's Highlands
THE WALLS OF Hacienda San Vicente, a tiny guest house in Cajamarca, in northern Peru, were built with packed earth, straw, and stone, then painted with ocher mixed with local plants and salt, using formulas handed down since the time of the Incas. In...
The Hope That Heals
Creative community programs in Medellin, Colombia, encourage former drug criminals and militias to rejoin society as the city moves toward a brighter future It is nine o'clock in the morning, and the Andean air is beginning to prickle and sting as social...
Unsung Heroes of the Enlightenment
Long overshadowed by history, scholars and explorers of eighteenth-century Spanish America made significant contributions to world science "WHAT MAGNIFICENT VEGETATION!" EXCLAIMED GERMAN NATURALIST ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT IN ONE OF HIS FIRST LETTERS...
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