Alworth Institute Brown Bag presented by Dr. David Syring, UMD Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology. Indigenous peoples such as the Saraguros of southern Ecuador respond to the challenges of globalization in fascinating ways. Telling stories and creating art that expresses Saraguro identity provide foundational strategies for individuals and communities simultaneously to assert their continuity with the past and dynamically engage with their future. Saraguros create through beadwork, spinning and weaving, pottery, music, painting and other plastic arts to affirm ideas and values. In addition to self adornment and traditional reciprocal gifting, Saraguro artisans sell their work in venues such as the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and elsewhere, bringing their culture into transnational conversations about identity. For fifteen years Dr. Syring hasworked with Saraguro collaborators to learn about unique aspects of their daily lives and their cosmovision, and to develop representations of their daily worlds as well as their artistic expressions. Basic ethnographic research has led to the idea of “la vida matizada,” the “blended life,” as a metaphor for the “good life” in local terms. This presentation will share several videos created as participatory media with Saraguro collaborators, and will include examples of unique Saraguro bead art.