"Asking is always a good, generous thing to do - especially if you listen to the answers"

Oct 8, 2020

In Tuncarta, the women of the Calcutas cooperative also meet every Tuesday afternoon to work on collective pieces to be soldto benefit the cooperative. The meetings are full of conversation, laughter, and high spirits. All of the necklaces made during this work time belong to the cooperative, which uses the proceeds from sales to purchase materials for further work, provide micro-­‐loans to members when in need, and to contribute to community projects and festivals.
Credit David Syring. Used with permission.

When the subject of globalization comes up, it's frequently in the context of markets or economies, which can sometime be a little ... impenetrable to the average person.

But when you talk with Dr. David Syring, an anthropologist here at UMD, he's alight with excitement to talk about his discipline ("Anthopology brings the consciousness that there are many ways to be human in the world") and way the indigenous Saraguro people of southern Ecuador, for instance, respond to the idea of globalization through storytelling and art.

Just one of the many patterns of necklaces created by the women of the cooperatives. The web site, created and maintained by Linda and Jim Belote, offers numerous examples of styles from the 1960s to the present.
Credit David Syring. Used with permission.

You can register for today's virtual Alworth Institute Brown Bag session with Dr. David Syring here.  It will be conducted via Zoom, and it's free and open to the public.

You can see more examples of the Saraguro women's cooperative beadwork here.

And speaking of beadwork, AICHO is debuting a virtual exhibition, Manidoominens: Still Beading After 10,000 Years tomorrow (October 9). Curated by Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe tribal member and artist Wendy Savage, the show features 29 regional beadwork artists representing 14 tribal nations in the midwest and Canada.