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Sand Talk

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

Tyson Yunkaporta

This remarkable book is about everything from echidnas to evolution, cosmology to cooking, sex and science and spirits to Schrödinger’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.


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Tyson Yunkaporta
About the Author

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.

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Praise for Tyson Yunkaporta
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‘An extraordinary invitation into the world of the Dreaming… Unheralded.’

‘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.’

‘Radical ideas, bursting with reason.’

‘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.’

‘An exhilarating meditation on different ways of knowing and being. Sand Talk is playful, profound and fiercely original.’

‘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.’

‘Tyson Yunkaporta’s Sand Talk is an extraordinary reading experience. It’s both philosophical and practical, and underpinned by a compassionate yet realistic humanity.’

‘Asks the reader to emotionally connect to with not only the text, but connect to the author through the text.’

‘Clever, funny, thought provoking, sensible and generous all at the same time. A must read!’

‘Readable, digestible and quite frankly exciting.’


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  • Sand Talk
    ISBN: 9781925774764
    3 September 2019
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