Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 6, November-December

Connecting Corridors from Y2Y: Inspired Hikers Are Promoting the Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative, a Proposed Buffer Zone That Would Permit the Movement of Wildlife across Vast Spaces While Coexisting with Man
Right from the start, Josh Burnim felt he wasn't wanted. The twenty nine year-old student was in the wildest part of Idaho--in the Rocky Mountains--and the animals he met seemed intent on either bullying him out of their territory or eating him altogether....
Conserving a Cherished Chapel
IN PUERTO RICO, one of Old SAN Juan's most enduring religious icons could soon be getting a facelift. The Capilla del Cristo, which marks its 250th birthday this year, is located at the end of cobblestoned Calle del Cristo, overlooking San Juan harbor....
Education-Key to Development
EDUCATION MINISTERS from around the hemisphere said education must become "the central priority of development" in the coming decades and called for new strategies to increase available funding. The Third Meeting of Ministers of Education, held...
Folk Art of Faith
BEGINNING OCTOBER 3, 2003, the Gallery at the American Bible Society in New York City showcases sixty-six of the most exceptional of the devotional works from the collection of Antonio Fernando Lulli, including retablos (table-top altars), santos (carved-wood...
Gilberto Gil: Setting the Stage for the State
Brazil's new minister of culture needs no introduction. In his homeland where only a handful of celebrities from the worlds of sports, politics, and the arts are famous enough to be widely known by just one name, he is simply "Gil." To a vast international...
How to Speak Argentine
ARGENTINE SPANISH--a tongue of occasional jeering and gibber by fellow Latin Americans--has won a new badge of credibility at home. Argentina's Academy of Letters has published its first-ever Diccionario del habla de los argentinos, uniting in one...
Lessons of Streets and Screens: In the Wake of the Hit Film City of God, Its Young "Stars" Are Pursuing Movie Careers as an Alternative to the Violence and Dead End of Rio's Favelas, Where Most of Them Still Alive
In the old, cobblestoned neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a hilly enclave away from Rio's famed beaches, a group of young inert are attending film class in the spacious top-floor room of a rambling colonial villa. Aged in their teens and twenties, they...
Magic of a Forest Maze: As Panama Celebrates a Century of Nationhood, We Zoom in on the Intricate Web of Life That Animates Barro Colorado, One of the Country's Natural Treasures
To many of us, the term tropical forest suggests an exotic setting, full of bizarrely shaped plants, with occasional huge, garishly colored flowers, and at least a hint of danger, as in a Henri Rousseau painting: an exuberant, often garish, and mysteriously...
Parra's Poetry on Canvas Comes Home
AMONG THE EXTENSIVE array of projects orchestrated by the Chilean arts community to observe the thirtieth anniversary of the 1973 coup and commemorate the life of Salvador Allende, the socialist president who took his own life during events that toppled...
Pride in the Warp and Weft: The Ancient Art of Weaving Remains Central to Daily Life in the Bolivian Highlands, Where Remarkable Textiles Reflect the Cultural and Personal Identities of Distinct Communities
Weaving is one of the least forgiving arts. Unlike drawing or painting, where one can erase or adjust at will, when weavers throw the shuttle through the shed formed by the selected warp threads and beat the well into place, they lock in one minuscule...
Rock and Roll in Espanol
The center of gravity is shifting. At times, the change has come with the frenzy of a hurricane. In a world where reverence for time-honored traditions was once the unquestioned norm, a new music landscape is emerging: Built on dissatisfaction with...
Securing Cooperation on Security
WHAT IS THE GREATEST security threat in the Americas today? Some night say terrorism, while others see drug trafficking on organized crime as a more immediate danger. The OAS Special Conference on Security, which will take place in Mexico City at...
Serving the Spirits and Saints: Recently Declared an Official Religion, Vodou Embodies Haiti's Unique Cultural and Political Milieu, While Borrowing Substantially from Catholic Tradition
The pounding rhythms of the water, tumbling from high above the tree-ringed ravine, mingles with shouts and shrieks of joy, fragments of prayers and songs. Sunlight dancing off the drops of sweet-scented mist thrown into the air by the falls' force...
Vigilance for Human Rights
THE INTER-American Commission on Human Rights said it was "very concerned by the situation of human rights in Haiti," following a five-day onsite visit to that island nation in August. The Commission underscored particular concerns related to the...
Young Ambassadors of World Harmony
"Music," cellist Yo-Yo Ma has said, "is an interactive language that draws performers and audiences together like no other art form." The Youth Orchestra of the Americas, more than most musical ensembles, takes those words to heart: 110 musicians from...
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