Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 3, May

A Lion's Share of Dance
THE DANCE WORLD is a jungle where only the fittest survive for very long. Among the superior beings to have emerged from this Darwinian struggle is Garth Fagan, a Jamaican-born choreographer who weaves the supple syncopation of Africa and the Caribbean...
BLACK CARIB BASTION of FREEDOM
These indomitable people maintained a stronghold of liberty on St. Vincent, despite waves of colonial oppression Like so much else, it was Columbus's fault; he dislodged the pebble that set off the avalanche of demographic upheaval that first flung...
Bossa Nova over and Over
As it turns out, "The Girl from Ipanema" truly was just a tease. When the 1963 recording of Antonio Carlos Jobim's song by vocalist Astrud Gilberto, saxophonist Stan Getz, and guitarist Joao Gilberto swam against the tide of rock and roll to become...
Boundless Ballerina
Leaping beyond traditional parameters, this young star of the American Ballet Theatre is at home on stages throughout the hemisphere SHOWERS SOAKED BUENOS AIRES on the last Saturday in September, but they didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the portenos...
CLAIMING Amazonia
Travelling over six thousand miles by foot and canoe, Pedro Teixeira won this immense territory for Portugal, changing the course of Brazil's history When travelling in Brazil I sometimes wear a navy blue cap with "P20 Pedro Teixeira" printed in...
Freedom Reaffirmed in Grenada
AS YOU STEP OUTSIDE the police headquarters, situated on a bluff above downtown Saint George's, you are afforded a spectacular view of the "Carenage," the harbor of the capital city. The Carenage owes its origin to volcanic eruptions thousands of years...
Identities Asserted: The Idb Cultural Center
Seven years ago, amid celebrations of five hundred years of discovery between Europe and the Americas, the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched an encounter of its own. Nobody could have imagined the kind of instantaneous...
Mexico Resorts to Nature
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY to lure upscale tourists to Mexico these days? Grupo Posadas thinks it has the answer: by throwing in romance, adventure, mystical Maya rains, and the lure of science--from astronomy to zoology--along with all the normal amenities...
Molders of Modern Retablos
EVERY GENERATION of folk artists seems to spawn a master who breathes new life into the tradition. For the colorfully painted diminutive sculptures of the Andean retablo, this generation's master is Claudio Jimenez Quispe. Last year Jimenez and his...
New Partners on Shifting Shores
THE MISKITO OF COASTAL HONDURAS ARE HELPING TO CREATE A BIOSPHERE RESERVE THAT COULD BRIGHTEN THEIR ECONOMIC FUTURE THEIR ORIGIN MAY BE SHROUDED in legend, but the Miskito are still very much a reality in Honduras. In the 1640s, so the story goes,...
Presidents for Peace
DURING A JOINT VISIT to the OAS, the presidents of Ecuador and Peru reiterated their commitment to peace and stressed the importance of continued economic integration in the region. President Jamil Mahuad of Ecuador and President Alberto Fujimori...
Upfront
Images of Inequality? Americas has published few images of Africans in the Americas. Its March-April 1999 issue included seven photos of Sammy Sosa of the Dominican Republic. The two larger ones were of his back and side. Images are powerful, and...
Wizard of the World of Words
A writer with a reader's soul, Alberto Manguel passionately explores the bond between books and life FOR MANY BIBLIOPHILES Alberto Manguel is best known as a critic, translator and, most of all, editor of anthologies. His collections, which embrace...
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