In the Americas with David Yetman, the new HDTV series by multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and director Dan Duncan and internationally renowned writer, host, and producer David Yetman, takes a fresh look at the lands that make up much of the Western Hemisphere. Each country contains landscapes, peoples, and history that have not received the attention they deserve on the world stage. In the Americas with David Yetman undertakes a new approach to travel and adventure.
A Gala Evening Presentation, presented by The Southwest Center and the Center for Latin American Studies
Part 1 is “From Vaquejada to Jangada: Into Rural Ceará, Brazil.” A small state in Brazil’s dry northeast, Ceará is home to a variety of traditions not found in the rest of the vast country. The inland bush, called the sertão, is home to cowboys and an odd rodeo, while the coast supports fishermen whose wooden boats are little changed over the last several centuries. Ceará is home to Brazil’s most important religious shrine, its last lace-weavers, and a startling array of tropical fruit.
Part 2 is “Argentina’s Route 40: From the Steppes to the Lakes.” Argentines maintain that Patagonia begins at the Río Colorado in the Province of Neuquen. Traveling south, we cross that river on Ruta 40—Route Forty—in a volcanic landscape amidst a vast desert, the majestic peaks of the Andes always present on our right. Within the slopes of the Andes are myriad lakes and towns constructed by European immigrants—and expatriates, but never far from the arid, windswept steppes of Patagonia. More secluded are the Mapuches—Indians who resisted the European onslaught and today struggle to retain their culture. In Patagonia, all roads lead to San Carlos Bariloche, the crown jewel of Ruta 40, a Swiss-type resort on the shores of the great Lake Nahuel-Huapi. On a sailboat we travel westward, passing from desert scrub on the shoreline to the lush rainforests and snows of the Andes.