Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 4, August

A Canal Makes History
WITH LESS THAN tWO years remaining until the Panama Canal is officially transferred from U.S. to Panamanian control, Panama has inaugurated a beautiful new museum chronicling the history of the world's most important waterway. The Museo del Canal Interoceanico...
A Legacy Leaps at the Colon Theater
FOR DECADES ARGENTINA'S PREMIER THEATER HAS HOUSED A RESIDENT BALLET INSTITUTE THAT HAS SHAPED SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST ACCLAIMED DANCERS One Sunday afternoon in December 1972, Olga Ferri serenely served up a spectacular in Buenos Aires's stately...
A Living Treasure in Ancient Bodies
Under the direction of anthropologist Sonia Guillen, Peru's Centro Mallqui is a leading center for the preservation of mummies, and a resource for diverse biological research The village of El Algarrobal, population twelve, sits on a shelf of sand...
Farming Fungus in Florida
FORTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD Roy Burns of Groveland, Florida, has something growing in his field that most farmers dread the sight of--corn fungus. In the last six years Burns has almost cornered the U.S. market for this latest ethnic food fad known by its Latin...
Federico Garcia Lorca: Spain's Encore in the West
June 5, 1998 marks the centennial of the birth of Federico Garcia Lorca, a birth year often belied by the poet himself because of Spain's calamitous loss of world empire in the Spanish-American War of 1898. So wounded was his patriotic pride by the events...
Octavio Paz
The death earlier this year of Nobel laureate Octavio Paz marked the end of an epoch. Spanning most of the twentieth century, Paz's literary career helped to define modern poetry and the Mexican personality. As a poet, Paz transformed and universalized...
Signposts from the Santiago Summit
In April thirty-four democratically elected heads of state met in Santiago, Chile, to assess how successful, individually and collectively, their countries had been in achieving the goals set forth in the plan of action adopted at the First Summit of...
Three Brothers and Four Strings
Musicality may run in families; virtuosity runs rarer. So, the musical accomplishments of three brothers from Mexico who form the basis of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano are remarkable indeed. Made up of the Bitran brothers--Saul and Aron on violins, Alvaro...
Toronto's Caribbean Affair
Mas camps are thick tales of spies from rival bands trying to take a sneak peak at the competition The early afternoon sun is beating down hard on Lakeshore Boulevard and underfoot the asphalt is white hot. More than a million spectators have turned...
Tracking Caribou from the Elders to Hi-Tech
The people of Nunavut are charting a new course for managing a precious resource by integrating traditional knowledge and modern science In 1999 the land known as Nunavut will emerge from Canada's Northwest Territories as a new, semiautonomous territory,...
Urban Chronicler with a Poetic Sting
Acclaimed Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti captures the daily dramas of city life and pricks his country's conscience Mario Benedetti, Uruguay's leading man of letters, lives smack-dab in the middle of downtown Montevideo, in a modest apartment overlooking...
Women of the West
IF PEOPLE THINK at all about women's contributions to the development of the western United States, they're likely to come up with images of colorful characters like Calamity Jane, white men's wives along for the ride in westbound covered wagons, or...
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