Welcome to A-wing and A-way, a site devoted to exploring the numerous connections between birds and human society. Found in all kinds of elements and locations, birds are ubiquitous. One could argue that they seem equally at home, too, in our psychological world, where they frequently exist as symbols and spiritual guides. Depictions of birds, in fact, actually predate civilization itself. And the history and range of our relationships with these creatures have been, and continue to be, quite extensive.
Birds mean many things to many cultures: food source and pest, messenger and pet, totem and muse. They’re common reminders of our own ties to nature. Most fly, of course, but many also swim. During a quick morning outing, you’re likely to see several flit from tree to tree, as their tweets and songs fill the air. Our winged neighbors, though, can also be found in art and literature, science and religion, mythology and folklore, industry and recreation, etc. As a result, birds figure as an excellent starting point for learning more about ourselves and the world.
Although I am not an ornithologist or sociologist by training—my interest in this subject is a hobby—I hope you find the posts informative and enjoy them as much as I enjoy creating them. Overall, my plan is to offer one post per week on a subject reflecting the general bird-human-connection theme. Citations are included for those interested in pursuing material with more detail, while original artwork is provided by J.M. Landin, my wife. One of the many perks of this project is that it gives me the opportunity to team up with her. She also has her own blog, RedNewtGallery, so please feel free to check it out as well.
Thanks so much for stopping by.