aerial view of the Amazon river

Flora and Fauna

Fall 2004​ | Volume III, Number 1

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

Guest Introduction

The Natural World

The Natural World

In the late spring of 1934, towards the end of my sophomore year at Harvard College, I received a letter from Dr. Frank E. Lutz, Entomology Curator at the American Museum of Natural History in…

Perspectives

The Nature of Nature

The Nature of Nature

During a vacation in Brazil, walking along a beach, I saw these remains of fish. In their death, they took on a new life, a transformation that turned them into something else, that made the dead…

The Lens of the Past

Digitalizing Nature

Digitalizing Nature

Art historians, biologists, anthropologists, historians of science, Latin Americanists and fish experts aren’t known for frequent intersections in their academic life…

The Nature of Tropical Nature

The Nature of Tropical Nature

To a Brazilian, nothing sounds more familiar than statements that Brazil has been blessed in terms of nature. Indeed, from our earliest childhood, we learn to identify our country through…

Conservation

Birding on the Edge of the World

Birding on the Edge of the World

The dirt road crossed the pass at about 15,000 feet and entered a wide treeless valley, without any sign of human presence. Flanked by jagged hills, thevalley spread below the peaks…

A Survey of Costa Rican Birds

A Survey of Costa Rican Birds

Put down your weapons and don’t move!” From the dense vegetation of the Costa Rican forest, five men dressed in camouflage uniforms and armed with carbines burst into view and ran across the road…

In Search of a Hummingbird

In Search of a Hummingbird

Like the interior of a sealed adobe oven, the early morning air smothers us as we search in vain for the elusive Honduran Emerald hummingbird. Organ pipe cacti, acacia trees, and thorn…

Citizenship

Nature and Citizenship

Nature and Citizenship

Two first-time visitors to the Galapagos archipelago begin their experience in exactly the same way. Two hours after departing mainland Ecuador, their plane descends towards the island of…

Bioprospecting

Bioprospecting

In 1998, as the Zapatista uprising continued to simmer in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, two U.S. academic researchers began setting up a “bioprospecting” agreement there. With funds…

El Tesoro de Volcán

El Tesoro de Volcán

Carlos Beita and his cousin Alfonso, rugged-looking ranchers both, squat beside biologist Ruth Tiffer as she explains how to take samples from a stream bed. Scooping a rock from the current…

Student Perspectives

The Vicious Violence Cycle

The Vicious Violence Cycle

I was working at the Global Justice Center, a Brazilian human rights NGO when the prison rebellion at the Benfica House of Detention begun on May 29, 2004. During the 62 hours that the…

Comings and Goings

Kenneth Maxwell at DRCLAS

Kenneth Maxwell at DRCLAS

As the new coordinator of Brazilian Studies at the David Rockefeller Center, it is a treat for me to write a few words on Kenneth Maxwell’s arrival to DRCLAS, where he is now a Senior Fellow. To…

Book Launching Becomes Protest

Book Launching Becomes Protest

Sixty-five chairs sat empty in protest for the denial of visas to the same number Cuban academics. A book launching party transformed into a special session on “Academic Freedom…

Puerto Rico Winter Institute

Puerto Rico Winter Institute

Culture at the Crossroads” will be the theme of the inaugural program of the Puerto Rico Winter Institute January 10-28, 2005 in San Juan. Each year the Institute, a joint collaboration of…

Book Talk

Disappeared: A Journalist Silenced

Disappeared: A Journalist Silenced

The cover of Disappeared: A Journalist Silenced depicts the Guatemalan journalist Irma Flaquer holding up a page in her left hand as if proofreading. Yet, her eyes are not looking at the paper…

Paradise in Ashes

Paradise in Ashes

Traditionally, anthropologists have divorced themselves emotionally and physically from their subjects, placing the highest priority on objectivity and the role of the anthropologist as expert…

Llamas, Weavings, and Organic Chocolate

Llamas, Weavings, and Organic Chocolate

first met Kevin “Benito” Healy a little over four years ago at an information session he gave to a group of State Department Foreign Service officers on their way to assignments in the Andes. After the session, I asked Healy…

Cacaos y tigres de papel

Cacaos y tigres de papel

During the political crisis that almost toppled the government of President Ernesto Samper, no one examined the role played by business. This was despite the fact that, on several occasions…