Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 1, January-February

A Brush with Mexican History
ALTHOUGH ITS OCHER-tinged colonial center easily ranks as one of Mexico's prettiest, cleanest, and best preserved, the highland state capital of Tlaxcala, population 75,000, receives scant attention from the country's national and international tourists....
A Grand Year for Garcia Marquez
SO MUCH H AS BEEN written about Gabriel Garcia Marquez that it is as if a light had been shined through a prism, casting an entire rainbow of opinions. The author's eightieth birthday and the fortieth anniversary of the publication of One Hundred Years...
A Wild Idea for Science
Exploring the tropics in the name of science provides one-of-a-kind access to some of the world's most biologically rich places. But trying to gather scientific data without proper equipment is a logistical nightmare. (For starters, try catching songbirds...
Bedeviled in la Vega
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] He might well be a character from your own worst nightmare, and he's standing only a few feet away: a hulking extraterrestrial apparition in volumninous red satin robes and a matching plumed headdress with two menacing horns....
Books in the Barrios
CLOWNS HUMORED onlookers, stilt walkers wowed them with nimble footwork, and world music singer Guillermo Anderson hit all the right notes in the working-class Tegucigalpa neighborhood of Flor del Campo on November 15. But it was the written word...
Chichen Itza: A Place of Wonder by Any Measure, This Architectural Complex on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Expresses the Worldview of the Maya with Mathematical Precision
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Pyramid of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza, the ancient Maya ceremonial center on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, has been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The history of this architectural complex, whose name means...
From the Editor
Whether it's a new literary collection, an ancient Maya wonder, or a stunning view of a flock of scarlet ibises in flight, this issue of Americas offers much to discover. The legacy of Latin America's frost Nobel laureate for literature, Gabriela...
Getting an Early Start
THE REGION'S HIGHEST-LEVEL education authorities pledged to strengthen early childhood education in their countries, noting that increased attention to the critical first few years of a child's life will yield long-term results and bolster efforts...
Marking a Decade in Grand Style
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's hard to get excited about tin, the traditional tenth anniversary gift. The Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) in Long Beach, California, decided to celebrate its first ten years in a much grander manner: by hiring Mexican...
Partnership for Education: In El Salvador, a Program Implemented by the Pan American Development Foundation Supports Schools and Helps Young People Envision New Possibilities for the Future
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's still dark and the morning mist hangs low when Josue Vidal Barahona Flores, a bright teenager from the countryside in eastern El Salvador, gets up from his hammock and gets ready for school. He walks along a quiet dirt...
Playing a Role in Democracy
SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR, regional diplomacy takes on a youthful look, as high school or university students gather for what is known as the Model OAS General Assembly, or MOAS. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Through this role-playing exercise, which simulates...
Rediscovering Gabriela Mistral: A New Trove of the Poet's Papers Promises to Give Researchers Fresh Insights into Latin America's First Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] After remaining stashed away in the United States for half a century, newly uncovered documents of the poet Gabriela Mistral--120 boxes of them--have now reached their final destination in Chile, where they will one day be...
Ruben Blades: Minister of Salsa: Better Known outside His Country as a Singer-Songwriter and Actor, This Renaissance Man Today Speaks from a Political Stage, as Panama's Minister of Tourism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Oye, hermano, ique chevere verte de nuevo! Hey, brother--great to see you again! It is the unmistakable voice of Ruben Blades that reverberates through the meeting room at the Panamanian Tourism Institute, followed by a...
Saving Trees with Fish
ALONG THE BANKS of the Rio Negro in Barcelos, Brazil, are the settlements of the caboclos--river dwellers whose very existence is tied to the health of the waterway. Using just a dugout canoe, a paddle, and a clip net, they can make a living while...
The Value of Literature
THE ANNUAL Washington Antiquarian Book Fair, held during the first part of the year in the US capital, brings together booksellers and collectors to buy or--in the case of the majority of browsers--just to see or touch a first edition of one of the...
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