Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 5, September

Afterwords
THOR HEYERDAHL sailed the Atlantic Ocean twice in huge reed boats. RA I he built of papyrus reeds in the shadow of the Pyramids. It sank at sea in 1969. RA II, built in Morocco by Aymara Indian craftsmen brought from Lake Titicaca, reached Barbados,...
A Voice of Homelands and Diasporas
There is a country in the world situated right in the sun's path. A native of the night. Situated in an improbable archipelago of sugar and alcohol. ...
Brazil's Brightest Jewels
IN 1939, ON THE EVE of World War II, a penniless German Jew named Hans Stern arrived in Brazil with his parents, and with no clue as to how he'd make a living. Six years later, as the war was winding down, the enterprising refugee inaugurated a jewelry...
From the Editor
The preservation and conservation of cultural heritage has long been a principal concern of the OAS, as it has been of UNESCO and more recently of the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. With this particular focus, these organizations...
Growing Dutch in Sao Paulo
In Holambra, Brazil, the spirit of the old country blooms brightly, as thousands of tourists visit the town to celebrate the annual Expoflora. ONE OF THE MOST colorful harbingers of spring in the Southern Hemisphere is Expoflora 2000, the largest...
Info Links to Belizean Species
INFORMATION CAN be a powerful conservation tool, and with today's computer technology, information can be stored, accessed, and compiled more quickly and efficiently than ever before. Wildlife Conservation Society biologists Bruce and Carolyn Miller...
Legacies in Rhythm
Two figures who all but defined their respective music traditions and became virtual cultural icons in their homelands have passed away, leaving a void that will not easily be filled. In Brazil, the regal woman known as the First Lady of Samba,...
Lucid Gems of Ancient Life
Exquisite Dominican amber fossils reveal a spectrum of prehistoric, largely extinct species, offering modern science a window to the past TREE RESIN is a remarkable substance. Ancient Egyptians used it to preserve dead bodies. Modern Greeks use...
Minstrel of Magical Strings
WITH MASTERFUL COMPOSITIONS AND AN ENIGMATIC PERSONALITY, GUITARIST AGUSTIN BARRIOS LEFT A LEGACY THAT RESOUNDS FAR BEYOND HIS NATIVE PARAGUAY Agustin Barrios was one of the great guitar virtuosi of this century. Yet driven by self-doubt, he lacked...
OAS
translated by Charles J. Becker Continuing a Mission in Peru A SPECIAL OAS mission to Peru will promote dialogue among different sectors of society and monitor progress in strengthening democracy and implementing reforms. Former foreign minister...
Panama's Radar for Nature
A FORMER U.S. MILITARY INSTALLATION IN THE RAIN FOREST NOW SERVES AS A UNIQUE ECOLODGE AND CANOPY OBSERVATION POST What do you do with an abandoned radar tower in the middle of the Panamanian jungle? For avid bird-watcher, businessman, and conservationist...
Rafting Fever
The audacity of Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 balsa-log voyage from South America to Polynesia inspired followers to seek similar fame and fortune. Kon-Tiki "We were proto-hippies. To escape civilization, Liv and I had marooned ourselves in 1937 on Fatu...
Recovering the Regal Splendor of Lima
An aggressive municipal initiative is revitalizing the center of this historic capital, preserving cultural sites and modeling future public spaces About five years ago, the historic center of Lima was not a place anyone who valued the content of...
Resorts of Other Sorts
The Canopy Tower is not the only former U.S. government installation that has undergone a metamorphosis since the U.S. turned over the 647-square-mile Canal Zone to Panama. Just down the road is the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, a luxury hotel that...
The Good Will of Menchu
LIKE MANY OTHER increasingly vocal indigenous peoples, native Hawaiians are seeking to redefine their place in their own homeland. Recently, they received advice and support from Rigoberta Menchu Tum, the first indigenous woman honored with the Nobel...
The Hard Drive of Democracy
The 1990s stand out as the decade in which the OAS member countries made strengthening democracy one of their highest priorities. When the OAS General Assembly convened in 1990 in Asuncion, it established the Unit for the Promotion of Democracy (UPD);...
Upfront
Satisfied Subscriber My first issue of Americas Magazine has been received, and I am very pleased with the presentation and the variety of subjects in the many articles. So many states are involved, and I will be learning such new data about...
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