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Before agriculture early humans were described as hunter-gatherers.

These early humans survived by hunting wild animals by primitive means for meat. And by gathering fruits, nuts, roots and other vegetative matter for consumption.

Our gut, teeth, limbs, etc. confirm this omnivorous diet. But somewhere along our historical odyssey gathering took a twist. Objectives of gathering became things other than what we eat, wear, or use.

Trinkets, or what I call – gatherings.  Apparently this has been going on a long time.

Pieces of shell from the Midwest have been found in Native American mounds at Poverty Point and elsewhere in northeastern Louisiana that were constructed some 3,000 years ago. The gatherers were at it even then.   

Hunting is pretty obvious. You go to try to get some wild animal. I’m a hunter. That’s what I am. I received that genetic program. I hunt ducks in the winter, turkeys in the spring, and stripers in the summer.

My wife, Liz, is a gatherer. From a look at all the stuff she accumulates she must be pretty good at it.  And her gathering friends affirm that she is good at this.

For me, assessing this gathering phenomena is not so straightforward.

But here’s what I have observed. The gatherers go and look at a lot of stuff. And gather some of this stuff.

Gatherings have two obvious criteria, and probably others of which I have no clue.

One, they like it. That’s it.

Two, it is on sale/cheap. Utility or functionality play little role in gathering.

A lot of things qualify. Clothes, utensils, tools, furniture, jewelry, glassware, even food, and the list goes on. Favored gathering…