National Geographic : 1982 Jun
Members Forum SANTA FE To a native New Mexican, the pictures of wealthy Anglos (March 1982) in their pseudo adobe homes filled with beautiful artwork only helped my resentment grow stronger. Why wasn't there a picture of a prominent Spanish lawyer or a proud working family in their finely furnished home? The article only serves to per petuate the myth that all Spanish people long for a low rider with a crushed-velvet interior. Juana Hernandez Albuquerque, New Mexico To everyone who has had a love affair with Santa Fe, your delightful article was pure joy. Betty J. Garry Kansas City, Missouri Hot tubs! Kooks! Eccentrics! Rich art-gallery owners! Ultra-rich retirees! An ex-con! This is Santa Fe? No mention of four fine museums, two colleges. No mention of poverty pockets and unemployment and lack of public trans portation. Makes me wonder how accurate your reports are from other parts of the world. Wilma L. Bell Santa Fe, New Mexico We struggle with space constraintsand selectiv ity in all our articles and photographsas we seek to portraya city or entire region'sdistinctive and unique character.Both Spanish and Indiantap roots of Santa Fe were represented, as were its native artists, employment problems, the Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico Schoolfor the Deaf, and the world-renownedancient Indiancollection of the School of American Research. PERU As a dual national, American and Peruvian, I am often confronted by friends who wish to know more about Peru than I can tell them myself. Your article "The Two Souls of Peru" (March 1982) is just the eloquent portrayal of my country for which I have long been searching. iMil felicitaciones! Carmela Acosta McCain Providence, Rhode Island Archaeological sites around the world are deteri orating at an accelerated pace, and abuses by tourists are a leading cause. How dare you solicit membership in the Society (Nomination Page) with a photograph of two staff members clam bering on Machu Picchu's Inti Huatana stone! The ropes around this religious sculpture should make it clear even to an American tourist that he should keep his distance. Clyde F. Holt Hinesburg, Vermont We agree that archaeologicalsites requireprotec tion. But in this case the entire Inti Huatana platform is open to the public; therewere no ropes barringaccess. The stones have been walked on by Incas and modern tourists alike. Happily, there is no mark of theirpassing or ours. "The Two Souls of Peru" included a statement about the Incas' lack of knowledge of the wheel and the absence of beasts of burden. I would like to suggest that the Incas constructed no wheeled vehicles because they lacked horses, donkeys, oxen, or other domesticated beasts capable of be ing trained to pull them. Since wheeled toys made by Mexican Indians have been unearthed by archaeologists, it is possible that the Incas also understood the principle of the wheel, but did not put the wheel to use. James W. Whalen Kenmore, New York My utmost compliments on "The Two Souls of Peru." For enthusiastic explorers, a map of the Inca trail may be ordered from the South Ameri can Explorers Club, Box 3714, Lima 100, Peru. This is a map of the original Inca trail leading to Machu Picchu. Brian R. McNamee Bozeman, Montana SUDAN Your article on Sudan (March 1982) was excel lent, except that most geographers claim that the word Sudan is derived from sudd, i.e., the swampy nature of the land, and not Bilad as Su dan or "land of the blacks." Also the word khawajah means "merchant" or "trader" and not "a white man." Ambroz Ferrena New York, New York The Embassy of Sudan and scholars confirm our derivation of the name Sudan. Khawajah, ac cordingto Arabists, most accuratelytranslatesas "non-Arab" or "foreigner." In Sudan this term has come to mean "white man."