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Articles from December

A Better Breed for Life
In an adobe house on the altiplano, a nearly ten thousand-feet high plain atop the Cuchumatanes Mountains in western Guatemala, Pedro Chum reaches into a bowl of beans, then holds out his hand. "How many varieties can you see?" he asks. His guests...
A Coastal Coalition against Drugs
The geographical routes of drug trafficking are changing throughout the Hemisphere, as traffickers are increasingly transporting illicit drugs by sea. Approximately 50 percent of the cocaine produced in South America is transshipped along the Atlantic...
A Collection of Puerto Rican Life
If objects could speak, what a stow they would tell in the exhibition A Collector's Vision of Puerto Rico, on view through January 1999 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Expressive carved religious images, scary...
An Adventure of Historic Measures
Although failing to determine the earth dimensions, the scientific expedition led by Charles-Marie de La Condamine revealed little-known marvels of South America In the bustling heart of modern Quito, the Parque Alameda holds a quiet reminder of...
Andean Atlantis?
Bolivia may seem an odd location to find the lost city of Atlantis, but British excartographic draftsman and aerial intelligence interpreter Jim Allen believes a section of the high Andean plateau in the Department of Oruro is where the mythical empire...
Classical Resonance, Indigenous Soul
Luis Perez Tales of Astral Travelers (DOMO 72438-46195-2-7) Ancient wind and percussion instruments from pre-Columbian Mexican cultures express their sonic identities with a decidedly contemporary accent on this intriguing album by Mexico...
Current Challenges on the Orinoco
Private and government institutions in Venezuela are raising awareness of the precious biodiversity of this mighty river and its role in the nation's future. Arturo Uslar Pietri once described the Orinoco "as a magical phenomenon, like lung and...
Francisco Toledo: Art of Magical Mutations
This internationally established artist of Oaxaca, Mexico, blends myth and reality in powerful works that reflect an intense, personal creative process To view an artwork by Francisco Toledo is to experience a ride on the artist's very instrument,...
Magnetic Migration
One of the most spectacular migrations in the insect world is the trip tens of millions of monarch butterflies take as they traverse the two thousand miles from southern Canada and the eastern United States to Mexico. Every August these black and orange...
OAS
A Russian-made statue of Christopher Columbus, entitled Birth of a New World, was presented to the OAS in honor of its fiftieth anniversary at a special ceremony in the Hall of the Americas on September 9. The Russian ambassador to the United States,...
Raising Atlantis?
What's being billed as one of the world's largest island resorts is rapidly rising on Paradise Island, an eight-hundred-acre spit of land just over the bridge from Nassau. Sun International Bahamas, a consortium controlled by South African multimillionaire...
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