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Sand Talk

How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World

Tyson Yunkaporta



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Text Publishing Company
03 September 2019
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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By:   Tyson Yunkaporta
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   364g
ISBN:   9781925773996
ISBN 10:   192577399X
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   03 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World

`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 *

  • Long-listed for Booktopia Favourite Australian Book 2020 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Non-fiction, Indie Book Awards 2020 (Australia)

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