Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 6, November-December

Bidding for a Crown
An upcoming sale at Christie's auctioneers in New York is attracting the attention of gem dealers, Latin American art collectors, and historians of the colonial Catholic Church. Offered for sale - and on public view for the first time since 1964 - is...
Candombe, an Ancestral Beat
With exuberant rhythm and pageantry, Montevideo's African community celebrates its deeply rooted cultural heritage During the nights of mid-February, when the multicolored lamps that snake throughout Montevideo's Barrio Sur are lit, the aroma of roasted...
Cuba's Two-Wheel Revolution
Five years ago there were only an estimated thirty thousand bicycles in Havana, a city of two million people. With the exception of a few small cities, such as Cardenas and Camaguey, Cuba never evolved a bicycle culture. It didn't have to. Hungarian...
Edward Simon
Contemporary instrumental music has benefited greatly in recent years from the contributions of composers and instrumentalists from a wide variety of backgrounds in Latin America and the Caribbean. While these three young artists have disparate backgrounds...
Gabriela's Circles of Life
Give me your hand and we shall dance Give me your hand and you will love me Together we will form a flower We'll be a flower and nothing more. We will sing the same song We will dance the same step We will wave like a grain stalk A stalk and nothing...
Imagining America
A unique collection in a Madrid museum reveals Old World perceptions of New World wonders Although Spain's Museo de America is charged with explaining the Americas to Europeans, the museum may be even more intriguing to visitors from the Americas. Only...
Immigrants in the Land of Imagination
Jose Alberto Marchi's subjects - nineteenth-century workers and immigrants - inhabit fantastic forests, lofty haystacks, surreal buildings, and travel on roads to nowhere. They draw the viewer into a world of dreams, ambiguity, and symbolism. Marchi...
Keeping the Summit Alive on the Net
From the first communication of a planned Summit of the Americas in Miami, enthusiasm and expectations reverberated throughout the hemisphere. When the historic meeting took place last December, under the ornate atrium of the Vizcaya Palace, thirty-four...
Luis Munoz
Contemporary instrumental music has benefited greatly in recent years from the contributions of composers and instrumentalists from a wide variety of backgrounds in Latin America and the Caribbean. While these three young artists have disparate backgrounds...
Malpelo: Splendor under the Sea
The rugged, forbidding terrain of this uninhabited island belies the beauty and diversity of the marine life in the waters below Malpelo, Colombia's Pacific island pinnacle, rises like the peak of a submerged mountain. With 188 miles separating this...
Photographer of Goodwill
ON A MISSION TO ENHANCE WARTIME RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND SOUTH AMERICA, GENEVIEVE NAYLOR PRODUCED A RARE PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD OF BRAZILIAN LIFE IN THE 1940S In October 1940, Genevieve Naylor, a twenty-five-year-old photojournalist from New York,...
Rain Forests in Texas?
In the past ten years, zoos throughout the United States have added elaborate rain-forest exhibits to their collections. In order to do so, they have joined forces with scientists and conservationists throughout Latin America in educating the world about...
Richie Zellon
Contemporary instrumental music has benefited greatly in recent years from the contributions of composers and instrumentalists from a wide variety of backgrounds in Latin America and the Caribbean. While these three young artists have disparate backgrounds...
Rites of Courtship in Gorgona
Each year in the tropical waters around this Colombian island, humpback whales compete for mates with a magnificent show of acrobatics and songs It is said that Francisco Pizarro named the island Gorgona when he passed along the Colombian coast on his...
The Life Force of Language
This Chilean best-selling writer imbues her work with spiritual strength and humor, transcending personal tragedy The night before this interview I attended a talk by Isabel Allende at Georgetown University - a stop on a long publicity tour for her...
The Soul of Black Peru
Until the release of this compilation, the music of Peru's small Afro-Peruvian community remained all but unknown outside of that South American nation. Indeed, it has been the indigenous-based folk music from that country's Andean highlands that had...
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