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Definition of Wander

1) to move about without a fixed course, aim, or goal; to go idly about
2) to follow a winding course
3) to go astray (as from a course); to go astray morally; to lose normal mental contact
From these definitions, one can see that wandering does not only pertain to the physical act of moving about without a fixed course, but wandering also pertains to the mental state.

-Uploaded by Emily Beck

“All That is Gold Does Not Glitter” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Here J.R.R. Tolkien refers to the physical state of wandering. He states that although some people are physically wander without a home, their minds are not "wandering" or lost. In Ben Timpson's piece "Wander", the two figures appear to be physically wandering about, they appear content together.

-Uploaded by Emily Beck

I Wonder as I Wander

I wonder as I wander
Out under the sky
Why do people I care about
Always have to die?

Are you happy were you are,
Wherever that may be?
I wonder as I wander,
Do you still think of me?

Is it nice up there in heaven?
For I know you made it there.
Are the clouds made out of marshmallows?
Do you know that I still care?

I look up at the winter sky,
And shed a single tear.
I think of all the days gone by,
I'll always hold you dear.

I wonder as I wander
Out under the sky
Why do people I care about
Always have to die?

Chelsi Holland
This poem has a good connection with the artwork "Wander". In the poem, relating it to the art, the woman in "Wander" is portraying the narrator while speaking to the man that she is holding hands with. As the poem talks about wandering while looking at the sky, the woman is actually pointing to the sky. This poem just gives deeper insight into why the couple is wandering and what they could be thinking.

-Uploaded by Destiny Burns

Hunter Gatherers- History and Information

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This piece of art can allude to hunter gatherors searching for food across a plain. Many would follow herds of animals as their main source of food, gathering anything they could find on the way. An example of a hunter gatherer people would be the Native Americans, who actually were the first peoples in the Americas. A migration of hunter gatherers (ancestors of the Native Americans) from Eurasia migrated to the Americas. They traveled across a land bridge, called Beringea, which formerly connected the two continents of (Asia and North America) across what is now the Bering Strait. These early Paleoamericans soon spread throughout the Americas, diversifying into many hundreds of culturally distinct nations and tribes. The North American climate finally stabilized by 8000 BCE; climatic conditions were very similar to today's. This led to widespread migration, cultivation of crops, and subsequently a dramatic rise in population all over the Americas. This created stable cultures on the coasts, where farming was fully exploited. The Midwest of America, though, was filled with hunter gatherers, still wandering as their ancestors did after herds for their survival.

Uploaded by Paul Miller


"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain."

This quote really describes this piece because it portrays the message that you need to just live and stop just going through the motions of life. Clearly the man in this picture is content with the same routine that he goes through every day, but the wife is wise and knows that the only way to live is to explore and enjoy everything that life has to offer.

-Uploaded by OJ Guzzardo

Creating A Wanderer
This piece of art presents a feeling of mystery about what happened before and after the frame. The art is presented on a very simply colored background with two general silhouettes of two people, most likely a man and woman. This simple presentation makes the viewer wonder what lead them to wandering or what they are wandering toward. What kind of relationship do they have with each other? How do they feel about wandering around in empty space? Ultimately, the work makes the viewer's mind wander, thus making them a part of the art as well.

-Uploaded by Gaylyn Singletary

QUOTE: Wander

“Let the wise guard their thoughts, which are difficult to perceive, extremely subtle, and wander at will. Thought which is well guarded is the bearer of happiness.”
-- The Buddha

Such thoughts mirrors 'Wander' because the figures in the piece of art seem to be content. It is about the mind wandering, and at the same time guarding your tongue. The marble encasing the piece of art shows the mental bounds to which the characters are subject to; perhaps one day they can wander beyond them.

-Uploaded by Elizabeth Lucas

Poem: I Will Not Let Go of My Love

I will not ever let go of my love,
Proving not to break the memory of our joys we shared,
The memory of those times when we were there and both cared,
I may let go of the relationship somehow,
It is hard for me, but for you, I will try it now,
But my love is going to be here forever and always to stay,
No matter where you've gone, no matter how far away.

-Uploaded by Chad Fisher

This piece reminds me of someone who is holding onto someone who no longer loves them, especially if this person has died. The person who is left alive still loves the person who has died and feels isolated, alone, and unwanted.

-Uploaded by Liz Bryant