Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 1, January-February

50 Years of Bossa Bliss
Perhaps never in the history of popular culture has a music movement evolved so rapidly and produced such far-ranging influences as Brazil's bossa nova. When it appeared almost magically on university campuses and in the clubs of Rio de Janeiro a half...
Biographer of Brazil: A Journalist at Heart, Ruy Castro Captures the Verve and Rhythm of a Nation through His Insightful, Works
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An obsession for uncovering and documenting hitherto unknown facts and obscure details may be the defining character trait of Brazilian writer Ruy Castro. While he has emerged over the past two decades as his country's most...
From the Editor
In this first issue of 2009, Americas invites you once again to explore the remarkable lands of our continent and the many expressions of its culture. In these pages, you will find carnivals, cities reborn, legendary music, and wonders wrought by mestiza...
Incredible Journey of the Giants: Scientists and Tourist Alike Are Helping Raise Awareness of the Importance of Humpback Whales by Observing Their Migratory Routes from Antarctica to Panama
Pursued for ceramics by whalers, the endangered humpback whales, or yubartas, of the southern hemsphere are slowly making a comeback Migrants from the salty seas, they swim hundreds of miles to feed at the Antarctic coasts Once they gain enough energy...
Maneuvering Mestizaje
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jamex and Einar de la Torre have long been drawn to the ancient art of glassblowing "You get to play with fire," Einar explains. But the artists are not much interested in just producing "eye candy." "It's so easy to make...
Mexican Masters of the Medium: Mexico's Ancient Civilizations Serve as Inspiration for a Wide Gamut of Artistic Creations, from Elegant Clay Pots to Witty Glass and Mixed-Media Assemblages
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Mata Ortiz must be one of the least pretentious famous villages in Mexico, if not the world. The village is known worldwide for its pottery, which is prized for its craftsmanship and the beautiful intricacy of its designs....
Motivation for the Future: In Haiti a Participatory Development Program Is Helping Communities Find New Hope in Their Battle against a Grueling Crisis
When the price of imported rice, Haiti's main staple, doubled in the early months of 2008, it ignited a crisis that ultimately led to the dismissal of the government of Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis. "We are paying for twenty years of bad...
Nevis Gets Hot for Energy
THE THERMAL spring that feeds the Bath Stream in Charlestown has flowed for at least three centuries on the island of Nevis. Its 104[degrees]F waters run down and merge into the sea among the white sands of Gallows Bay. On Nevis, signs of geothermal...
One Key Word: Change
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FERNANDO LUGO, the President of Paraguay, and Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia, visited the offices of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington in October and November, 2008, respectively. They were each...
Pageantry in Oruro
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the heart of the Bolivian Andes, at a crossroads of the mountains, tropics, and highlands, February arrives, and with it, Carnaval. That's when the city of Oruro gets ready to receive almost a million visitors eager to...
Pilgrimage to the Land of Anne: One Hundred Years after Its Publication, Lucy Maud Montgomery's Book, Anne of Green Gables, Continues to Draw Enthusiasts and Adventurers Alike to Canada's Prince Edward Island
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Canada's Prince Edward Island has no Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, or Big Ben to help attract tourists. But its own homegrown literary phenomena, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, stands as an invisible...
Reflections of Identity: Forged by a Vibrant Indigenous Heritage, Lima Has Evolved over the Centuries through Its Unique Languages, Literature, and Lifestyles
Billowing and curvaceous cliffs rise steeply from the narrow strip of the Costa Verde along the central Peruvian coast. From the Miraflores suburb, their dramatic height appears to make a presentation of Lima before the Pacific Ocean. Within the city,...
Sanctuary for Medicinal Plants
FOR THE KOFAN people, who live in the Ecuador/Colombia border region, native plants provide life: they are the Kofans' traditional medicines. During recent decades, however, outsiders have illegally settled on and deforested much of the Koran land,...
Shaping a Regional Agenda
In April, the region's 34 democratically elected leaders will meet in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for the Fifth Summit of the Americas, focusing on how they can work together to advance prosperity, strengthen energy security, and promote sound...
Sustainable Stoves in Guatemala
IT'S UNLIKELY THAT retired engineer Donald O'Neal ever expected to have a stove named after him, or to shake hands with Britain's Prince Charles. But that's exactly what happened as a result of his work with HELPS International, a non-profit, non-denominational...
Up on the Green Roof
MATURE, LUSHLY verdant gardens abound across tropical Puerto Rico, but these days, it's a newly landscaped open space known as Lagoon Plaza that is garnering all the media attention. That's because this 40,000 square-foot expanse, poised above a three-story...
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