Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 1, January-February

Ancestral Ties That Bind
GARIFUNA ARTIST Benjamin Nicholas stands in his small, cluttered studio in Dangriga, Belize, and surveys one of his works-in-progress, a large mural depicting the military exploits of Chatoyer, the legendary leader of the Garifuna. The canvas swirls...
A Unifying Environmental Purr-Pose
Enshrined in Indian lore and revered as a religious symbol, the mountain lion, the cougar, the puma--a.k.a. la pantera--ranges widely in the New World from the icy landscape of Alaska, through the steamy Central American rain forests, to Patagonia....
Brush with Martyrdom
He was a seventh century baroque master who, more than any other artist of his day, evoked the counter-Reformation spirit by combining the physical reality of his subjects with the underlying mysticism of their religious experience. Jusepe de Ribera...
Convoking the Muses of Cuenca
ECUADORIANS HAVE LONG considered it their country's loveliest tourist destination, but to foreign visitors the charms of colonial Cuenca, Ecuador's third largest city, have gone largely unnoticed. With no paved roads to connect it to the rest of the...
Ernesto Sabato: A Conscious Choice of Words
ERNESTO SABATO'S sober appraisal of the human condition echoes the pessimism so characteristic of his novels. His books are dark, brooding, baroque affairs populated with alienated urban souls who have lost their moral bearings. His protagonists...
Frames from the Streets of Grace
OVER THE NEXT few years, the United States and Canadian tour of "Revelaciones: The Art of Manuel Alvarez Bravo" will introduce thousands of people to the seminal work of Mexico's greatest photographer. The selection of images stretches over his career...
Guyana Means Business
MOST DEVELOPING COUNTRIES have to contend with exploding populations and shrinking resources. Guyana has the opposite problem: a huge land area and not enough people to exploit its abundant natural wealth. Guyana's population is around 600,000--fewer...
Head to Toe with Julio Bocca
As American Ballet Theater's (ABT) golden anniversary extravaganza unfolded last year, critics from around the world pronounced Julio Bocca's interpretation of Solor's variation from La Bayadere the magic moment of the entire gala season. Audiences...
Jazzing Up Bridgetown
Collymore Hall in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, will be a-jumpin' and a-thumpin' for five days in late May, every one of its 491 seats occupied for the Seventh Annual Barbados/Caribbean Jazz Festival. If you just happen to be on that beautiful...
OAS Programs Turn a Green Leaf
The Organization of American States is ideally suited to addressing the complexities of environmental issues with thirty-five member states working together through a variety of political and multidisciplinary technical branches. National laws,...
Really Good
Man passes through phases in his brief time on this stage (according to Shakespeare, who] was original only because he was the first to say it). Many things distinguish one phase from another--firmness of the flesh, flexibility of limbs, energy and...
Rhythm Four Strings
Ask any Puerto Rican to name the typical musical instrument most identified with the island, and the answer will be immediate: the small guitar known as the cuatro. But press the same person to provide any details about the instrument's origin, and...
The Chiseled Legacy of Aleijadinho
TRAGEDY AND BEAUTY have often co-existed in the most famous works of art. But seldom has the tragedy been as evident and the beauty as sublime as in the life and art of Antonio Francisco Lisboa, known as O Aleijadinho (The Little Cripple). His body...
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