Winner, Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards 2020
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.
Tyson Yunkaporta is an Aboriginal scholar, founder of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab at Deakin University in Melbourne, and author of Sand Talk. His work focuses on applying Indigenous methods of inquiry to resolve complex issues and explore global crises.
‘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, author of Dark Emu
‘Radical ideas, bursting with reason.’ Tara June Winch
‘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
May the echidnas rise up
This book, its words, its infinite meaning in the gaps between the words, has nourished my Being better than anything I have ever eaten. I have experienced a caressing of my soul and an awakening. I really do look at our incredible landscape and skyscape and seascape differently now. I am alive to the life of it all. I’ve always appreciated it, but now I revere it. May I walk upon it as tenderly as the echidnas. Everyone must read and experience this book, dwell upon its meanings & feel the beautiful change descend upon them.
Reading this book made me feel like I was sitting down with Tyson and having a yarn. While I can understand that the nonlinear narrative is not for everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed it. More importantly, Tyson presents some interesting food for thought.