Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 5, September-October

A Caribbean Publisher's Radical Beacon
Writer-activist John La Rose has been a guiding force in bringing emerging as well as classic West Indian and African writers into the international limelight Caribbean publisher John La Rose enjoys telling of how he didn't live up to early expectations....
Helmets with a Helping Hand
Earthquake victims in Ecuador, refugees in Rwanda, HIV-positive Haitians, and former political prisoners in the Gaza Strip have precious little in common - except for the fact that all have been touched in some way or another by the United Nations' White...
In the Track of the Deer
Despite recent efforts to market their exquisite artwork commercially, the Huichol Indians of north-central Mexico remain rooted in an ancient, life-sustaining, mystical tradition Pablo Taizan is known in his village of Mesa de Tirador, in the arid...
Recalling the Blues of Agustin Lara
Mexico's legendary composer Agustin Lara ("You Belong to My Heart," "Granada," "Maria Bonita") was born in Mexico City but long considered Veracruz, "that little corner where the waves of the sea make their nest," his true roots. La Casita Blanca, the...
Solitary Sculptor of the Paramos
Secluded in the rugged mountain plateaus of western Venezuela, Juan Felix Sanchez created a site of spiritual and artistic beauty that was declared a national monument in 1982 Icy torrents thunder down the steep inclines of the Andes. The foaming water...
The Dark Business of Animal Trade
The Colombian government has taken important initiatives in the battle against illicit trafficking in rare species from the wild, a black market second only to narcotics worldwide As dusk falls over Colombia's Amazon River port of Leticia, Juan and...
The Joyous Gift of Memory's Colors
Zamorano is a young Cuban artist who paints older women in loose-fitting, colorful house-dresses who could very well be anyone's grandmothers: women carrying shopping bags full of mangoes, or resting by a fruit stand. They are serene and reassuring....
The McGarrigles: Heartbeats Forever
After more than two decades as one of Canada's most popular folk duos, these sisters are still on track with their highly emotional lyrics and lively melodies Making it in the pop music field is a tough racket. You're on the road a lot, the gigs you...
Turning Point in Santiago
Chile's leading ballet company is back on its toes with an expanded repertoire of uniquely Latin American themes as well as the classics For many dance aficionados, ballet in Latin America has always come down to A, B, C - Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba....
Weathering a Maya Mystery
For years scholars have speculated about what caused the collapse of the classic Maya civilization around A.D. 800. One of the world's great civilizations, the Maya date back to 2,000 B.C. and had a population of more than four million people. But for...
Women at the Helm
"There is no room in the diplomatic service for discrimination against women," says Corinne McKnight, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the Organization of American States. Ambassador McKnight is one of six women currently...
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