Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 3, May-June

A Builder of Images
Argentine filmmaker Juan Mandelbaum has portrayed the lives of Latin Americans in documentaries memorable for their sensitivity and empathic vision. He allows his protagonists' stories to unfold as they speak with extraordinary candor about their...
Brazil's Joyce: Music on Her Own Terms
The voice is every bit as sunny, the lyrics as witty, and the melodies as beguiling as when her 1968 debut album electrified the contemporary Brazilian music world and trumpeted the arrival of a new breed of artist: a female singer whose skills as...
Flintknapping Comes of Age; Anthropologists and Hobbyists Alike Have Rekindled Interest in This Ancient Art, Enhancing Understanding of Primitive Cultures and Preserving a Practical Skill
When Ishi the Yahi Indian wandered into a northern California lumber camp in 1916, people first thought him a trespasser from the Stone Age. Tired and hungry from fleeing the encroachments of the twentieth century, he was the last of his tribe --...
German Arciniegas: Guardian of Our Distinct History
I have lived my whole life obsessed with trying to understand the New World, that world which is a creation of man," says the Colombian historian and essayist German Arciniegas. "Why did the Spaniards, the English, the French, the Germans, and...
Glorious Restoration
Tucson, Arizona's famous mission, San Xavier del Bac, marks its two hundredth anniversary this year with the completion of a six-year, $2 million restoration. Numerous events celebrating the million's bicentennial are scheduled throughout the year,...
Jungle Stories of Hidden Hues: Sinister Symbols of Modern Encroachment Lurk in the Lush, Primeval Forests of Uruguayan Painter Jose Gamarra
Uruguayan painter Jose Gamarra lives and works in Arcueil on the outskirts of Paris. It is a twenty-minute train ride from downtown, and enroute, as one ponders the tree-lined streets and sea of mansard roofs, inevitably visions of lost generations...
New Maya Scribes: A Photography Cooperative of Mostly Women Is Recording Scenes of Everyday Life in Chiapas, Mexico, in Images of Social and Artistic Eloquence
For centuries Maya scribes dedicated their talents to composing the story of their people in striking visual glyphs. A new generation of Maya scribes are telling their stories through images too, but their methods would undoubtedly amaze their forerunners....
Off the Beaten Track to Early Amazonians
Dressed in a crisp business suit, Anna Roosevelt sits in her spacious third-floor office in the Field Museum, crowded by boxes of artifacts, and sips her tea. "If I know something is correct," she says, "you could say anything to me and it wouldn't...
Organic Coffee: A Venezuelan Perk
On a breezy hilltop overlooking Venezuela's crowded capital city, agronomist Franco Manrique is doing his part to save a once-proud industry. He's growing the country's first organically certified coffee. Manrique is coordinator of the Foundation...
The Illumination of an Hidalgo: A Sixteenth-Century Document Reveals a Portrait of a New World Nobleman While Reflecting Conditions in the Old World
In the year 1597 the bitter adversaries Queen Elizabeth of England and King Philip II of Spain were nearing the end of their long reigns, the Turks continued to ravage the coasts of the Mediterranean, and the Spanish were consolidating their empire...
Widening the Western Web
Computer networking in Latin America and the Caribbean has grown impressively during the past two years. According to recent statistics, some of these regional networks have had the highest rates of growth worldwide. And the Internet research company...
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