What happens when global systems are viewed from an Indigenous perspective? How does it affect the way we see history, money, power and learning? Could it change the world?
This remarkable book is about everything from echidnas to evolution, cosmology to cooking, sex and science and spirits to Schr dinger's cat.
Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from an Indigenous perspective. He asks how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation. How does this affect us? How can we do things differently?
Sand Talk provides a template for living. It's about how lines and symbols and shapes can help us make sense of the world. It's about how we learn and how we remember. It's about talking to everybody and listening carefully. It's about finding different ways to look at things.
Most of all it's about Indigenous thinking, and how it can save the world.
Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, an arts critic, and a researcher who belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He carves traditional tools and weapons and also works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne.
'Thought-provoking.' New York Times 'Readable, digestible and quite frankly exciting.' Fifth Estate 'Clever, funny, thought provoking, sensible and generous all at the same time. A must read!' Sydney Morning Herald 'Asks the reader to emotionally connect to with not only the text, but connect to the author through the text.' Geelong Advertiser 'Tyson Yunkaporta's Sand Talk is an extraordinary reading experience. It's both philosophical and practical, and underpinned by a compassionate yet realistic humanity.' Readings 'A familiar Indigenous sense of humour and generosity of sharing knowledge makes this book enjoyable to read...Like Dark Emu, Yunkaporta's book will have people talking.' Books+Publishing (starred review) 'An exhilarating meditation on different ways of knowing and being. Sand Talk is playful, profound and fiercely original.' Billy Griffiths 'After two hundred years, Indigenous thinkers are claiming the right to interpret Aboriginal Australia. It is a revolutionary change: here, in this compelling book, are its first fruits.' Nicolas Rothwell 'Radical ideas, bursting with reason.' Tara June Winch 'It was certainty that drove a bulldozer through the oldest and deepest philosophic statement on earth at Burrup Peninsula. Sand Talk offers no certainties and Tyson Yunkaporta is not a bulldozer driver. This is a book of cultural and philosophic intrigue. Read it.' Bruce Pascoe 'An extraordinary invitation into the world of the Dreaming... Unheralded.' Melissa Lucashenko
Short-listed for Non-fiction, Indie Book Awards 2020 (Australia)
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