Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 4, July-August

All aboard Chile's Grand Station
When it was inaugurated in 1900, Estacion Central, or Central Station, was the pride of Santiago--a regal symbol of the city's transformation from a sleepy colonial-era outpost into a modern metropolis. The rail gateway to points in the southern-most...
Augusto Roa Bastos (1917-2005)
Americas bids farewell to Augusto Roa Bastos, one of the great Latin American writers of the twentieth century, who died on April 26 at age eighty-seven, in his native city of Asuncion. Poet, journalist, novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter,...
Chagras of a Rugged Range: On the Vast Ecuadoran Paramo, Free-Spirited Cowboys Thrill to the Traditions of the Region's Longest, Most Challenging Roundup
The earth trembles as the black seething mass creeps slowly forward. This is "La Gruesa"--the thick one. Behind the sea of horns, the thundering hooves, and the deafening bellows is "La Trinchera"--a line of horsemen clad in brightly colored ponchos....
Francisco Goldman: Writing Astride Two Worlds: Raised between Conflicting Cultures, This Remarkable Novelist Weaves Threads of Journalism, History, and Fiction into Stories of Exquisite Detail
Francisco Goldman possesses an almost boyish appearance that belies his fifty years of age. He also retains the enthusiasm, curiosity, and energy level associated with youth. These qualities were much in evidence as he talked in a friendly, open manner...
From the Editor
In this issue, Joyce Gregory Wyels and Paco Ignacio Taibo II take us along on a lively walking tour of Mexico City as they explore the capital's beloved icons as well as favorite haunts of Hector Belascoar Shayne, Taibo's lovable nighthawk detective....
Junkanoo Comes to Get Us
So what is this strange thing we call Junkanoo? Why, year after year, do we Bahamians engage in this ritual about which most of the world knows nothing? To Bahamians, it is a most natural part of life, as vital, energizing, and soul quenching as water....
Modern Tracks for Traditional Tunes
Colombia-Palenque de San Basilio (OCORA C 560187) Near the end of the seventeenth century, African slaves on the Caribbean coast of Colombia revolted and fled into the mountains some forty miles from the port city of Cartagena, where they established...
Moving the Middle of the World
Heading south toward Quito along the Pan-American Highway, motorists can't miss Ecuador's most famous landmark: a concrete globe and painted yellow line marking latitude 0[degree]0'0", where the Northern Hemisphere meets the Southern. For years,...
Nature Reserve with a Tribal Seal
In Peru's most remote corner of the Amazon, the government has established one of the largest combined protected zones and indigenous territories in the world. The nearly 6.6 million-acre Alto Purus conservation complex on the Brazilian border will...
New Secretary General Charts a Course
Jose Miguel Insulza of Chile took the helm of the OAS, asking the member states to "dream together" about the possibilities for making a difference in the lives of all the peoples of the Americas. "I am convinced that the member states want the...
Sculptor of Screams from the Forest: A Hermit and Ecological Visionary, Frans Krajcberg Uses His Art to Protest Man's Destruction of the Planet
Holocaust prisoner, radical ecologist, noted artist exhibited the world over, Frans Krajcberg is well acquainted with the ills of political extremism. Before he was seventeen, his family (father, mother, and four siblings) was wiped out in the concentration...
The Price of Paradise: The Remote Location and High Cost of Living on Brazil's Fernando De Noronha Have Preserved Its Natural Beauty and Limited Tourism
Mention the name Fernando de Noronha to most Brazilians, and a dreamy, almost jealous expression spreads across their faces. A tiny speck of paradise floating in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Noronha is out of reach--both geographically and financially--to...
Walking with Mexico City's Private Eye: Following the Footsteps of His Famous Detective Character, Writer Paco Ignacio Taibo II Leads Our Author on an Exploration of This Capital's Intriguing Icons
"Man, I love this city," says Hector Belascoaran Shayne, independent detective. "Yeah, me too," echoes his creator, Paco Ignacio Taibo II: "It's a relation of love and hate, like every good relation--full of passion, and ethical," Mexico's most...
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