Peter Canby is the author of The Heart of the Sky: Travels Among the Maya. He is an editor and the head of the fact-checking department at The New Yorker. (November 2005)

The Specter Haunting Alaska

By most definitions, the word “Arctic” refers to the region near the North Pole. Only one section of it lies within the United States: the part of Alaska north of the Brooks mountain range known as the North Slope (see the map above). The North Slope is huge—89,000 square miles, …

The Truth About Rigoberta Menchú

In 1983, Editions Gallimard in Paris brought out the original French edition of a book published the following year in English as I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian woman in Guatemala. I, Rigoberta is the first-person story of Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a young Maya Indian woman whose family and village had …