I have long been a gatherer. Though we rarely hear this word used literally anymore, we do hear its sister gathering [... We are in a gathering today.] But the term gatherer we more immediately associate with our origins as hunter-gatherers. [...] We went, we gathered goods, and then we returned home to our kin, sharing as survival.
Hacking the linear, progressive mode of the Techno-Heroic, the Carrier Bag Theory of human evolution proposes: ‘before the tool that forces energy outward, we made the tool that brings energy home.’ Prior to the preeminence of sticks, swords and the Hero’s killing tools, our ancestors’ greatest invention was the container: the basket of wild oats, the medicine bundle, the net made of your own hair, the home, the shrine, the place that contains whatever is sacred. The recipient, the holder, the story. The bag of stars.