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  • Adventures in Indigenous Thinking
  • By: Tyson Yunkaporta
  • Narrated by: Tyson Yunkaporta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Right Story, Wrong Story

By: Tyson Yunkaporta
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Sand Talk, Tyson Yunkaporta’s bestselling debut, cast an Indigenous lens on contemporary society. It was, said Melissa Lucashenko, ‘an extraordinary invitation into the world of the Dreaming’.

Right Story, Wrong Story extends Yunkaporta’s explorations of how we can learn from Indigenous thinking. Along the way, he talks to a range of people including liberal economists, memorisation experts, Frisian ecologists, and Elders who are wood carvers, mathematicians and storytellers.

Right Story, Wrong Story describes how our relationship with land is inseparable from how we relate to each other. This book is a sequence of thought experiments, which are, as Yunkaporta writes, ‘crowd-sourced narratives where everybody’s contribution to the story, no matter how contradictory, is honoured and included…the closest thing I can find in the world to the Aboriginal collective process of what we call “yarning”.’

And, as he argues, story is at the heart of everything. But what is right or wrong story? This exhilarating book is an attempt to answer that question. Right Story, Wrong Story is a formidably original essay about how we teach and learn, and how we can talk to each other to shape forms of collective thinking that are aligned with land and creation.

Cover design by W. H. Chong

Steel boomerang made by Pete McCurley

©2023 Tyson Yunkaporta (P)2024 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Wow. 💓

Right story, wrong story was like having an older brother that has earned the respect and loved me enough to slap me up the side of my head and helped me put things into a more sensible order that makes more sense to me.
I'm grateful for the journey.
Thank you Tyson Yunkaporta!

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Heart-breaking, funny, informative, brilliant, cynical, honest, and deadly serious.

A wild ride (us-two in the canoe). So many ideas, stories and interesting people. Heart-breaking, funny, informative, brilliant, cynical, honest, and deadly serious. The audiobook was like going on a personal journey with Tyson himself, and in places I laughed out load at a nuance I might have missed if I just read the text. I deeply appreciated the work done in the final chapter to check in on my personal safety after so much time exploring wrong story. I don't get it all, but that's the point. I will revisit the printed book again and again to help it all sink in, and commit to trying to find/make/respect right story as much as I can.

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resonance

I loved the humility and honesty in the words and the emotional delivery. It was provocative and engaging from beginning to end. Filled with reminders of my own habits, traits and needs. looking forward to revisiting this, and looking forward to reading and/or listening to some more once I've digested the connotations of

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Extraordinary Ride

Honest, deeply mischievous, funny, profoundly sincere. As I journeyed with Tyson through our collective rings of hell I longed at times to be pushed right out of the canoe and left alone to witness from a far shore but instead I was held tight and eventually we arrived together warm in the fires glow. A momentary reprieve. Tyson has challenged my thinking from a place of deep feeling and profound thought and his work leaves me changed. Tyson generously shares his take on First Nations thinking that is layered and patterned with immense sensitivity through multiple relationships between people and place in an endeavour to tease out right story from myriad wrong stories. Equally he reminds us that there are myriad right story that also appear to contradict one another. I am enriched and deeply grateful for Tyson’s tireless pursuit of right story that can guide us, that is take us and propel us in our multicultural striving-to-be-post-colonial relations. This is not a work for the faint hearted. It is deep and honest and raw and sometimes way too sophisticated for the likes of me. Fabulous work.

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Beautiful

Loved every second of this brilliant piece of work. Thanks for sticking it out Tyson!

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drink every time Tyson says ‘wah’ ‘agh’ or ‘ugh’ 😂

going to take a few reads to wrap my head around this book. love it


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Right story

The courage and care Right story, Wrong is delivered with is inspiring. Tyson takes you on a journey that articulates the complexity of story and it's power to shift entire systems. It's raw, it's heavy, it's humourous, it's personal, it's global, it's complex. Tyson almost sounds like he's rapping bars of truth at times, his storytelling just flows with density of intent. Chapter 6, kingfisher story and Schrodinger's wombat blew me away, I'm still out there somewhere.

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Poetry, peace, love and fury

Tyson, us two travelled this story together. Thanks brother. For inviting me along on the wild ride. This one’s almost surreal. I will remember the journey long after I forget the exact words spoken. You are full of commitment, honesty, vulnerability and quick turns. You laugh and snap at tails/ tales. Both your own and others. Poetry, peace, love and fury. So good. Respect.

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Brilliant

An expressive discussion on the way we tell stories and how it affects us individually and collectively. Such a medley of thinking styles and conceptual experiments.

A privilege to read.

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Important and difficult

Sometimes profound, full of dark humour, regularly chaotic, and occasionally crushingly sad. A post-colonial, post-modern mind-bending consciousness-dump.

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