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  • How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World
  • By: Tyson Yunkaporta
  • Narrated by: Tyson Yunkaporta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (484 ratings)

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By: Tyson Yunkaporta
Narrated by: Tyson Yunkaporta
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A paradigm-shifting book in the vein of Sapiens that brings a crucial Indigenous perspective to historical and cultural issues of history, education, money, power and sustainability - and offers a new template for living.

As an Indigenous person, Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from a unique perspective, one tied to the natural and spiritual world. In considering how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation, he raises important questions. How does this affect us? How can we do things differently?

In this thoughtful, culturally rich, mind-expanding book, he provides answers. Yunkaporta’s writing process begins with images. Honouring Indigenous traditions, he makes carvings of what he wants to say, channelling his thoughts through symbols and diagrams rather than words. He yarns with people, looking for ways to connect images and stories with place and relationship to create a coherent world view, and he uses sand talk, the Aboriginal custom of drawing images on the ground to convey knowledge.

In Sand Talk, he provides a new model for our everyday lives. Rich in ideas and inspiration, it explains 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 everyone and listening carefully. It’s about finding different ways to look at things. Most of all, it’s about a very special way of thinking, of learning to see from a native perspective, one that is spiritually and physically tied to the earth around us, and how it can save our world. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Tyson Yunkaporta (P)2021 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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So negative and confused

I do my best to stay informed about world events and indigenous cultures. This is why I thought this book might be good. It was not. The information was very negative and the author jumped around from one indigenous thing, to quantum physics, to plagues and the industrial revolution, to name a few. His argument was confused and all over the place. I gave up after a few chapters. I could summarise what I read as - current systems suck; they are bad for people and the environment. Indigenous cultures are much better at these things, so we should change. Nothing new there! Perhaps there was more on how to get to a better place? I just accept that change will occur and some of it may be ugly. But I am positive and I believe in people, in the individual and in spirit. Start by moving forward in the right direction yourself. The rest will follow. A confused, depressing book doesn’t help.

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I can’t find the words …

I am just sat marinating in the end of this book, not knowing if I want to cry, feel hopeful or what … I truely don’t know what I’m feeling … but the feelings are big as they were throughout this book. I feel like I need to go back and listen to it again straight away. There was so much to take in, each chapter could have been a book on its own. This book has moved me like no other.

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deep learning

this book took me into another place that was different to my everyday living. it is hard to describe but the way time operates shifted as i entered the world of this yarn.

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An Awakening

This book is an awakening. I felt a part of myself come back to life listening to it. May the world over realise and respect indigenous knowledge and implement its wisdom in order to turn this sinking ship around. Tyson, nothing but respect.

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wonderful

grateful & appreciative; thought provoking; reflective & challenging; practical & engaging; doable & life changing

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A must read no if’s and’s or but’s.

The best food I’ve given my brain , and everything else for years.
Tyson Yunkaporta has translated incredibly powerful thought processes so our domesticated western minds can stand at the doorway to understanding. This is a masterful anthology of knowledge to broaden all our knowledge and learning.
YOU MUST LISTEN TO THIS.
I immediately listened a second time and it was even better.

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lovely

love the way he narrates, a lovely message also.
taught me alot , recommend.

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Rare knowledge

This is an absolutely astonishing read, taking us all on a journey to understand how the incredible intricacies of our Indigenous culture is more relevant than ever, and how we can all use this knowledge to create a better world. An absolute must read.

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Embrace the cosmos through indigenous wisdoms

"Sand Talk" is a remarkable exploration into indigenous Australian culture, filled with depth and enlightening insights. It inspires readers to reevaluate their understanding of the cosmos, time, and their environment. Seamlessly intertwining ancient wisdom with modern narratives, it offers applicable insights across all life's aspects. This book portrays the cyclical patterns and interconnectedness that shape our existence in an unparalleled way. With each page, you're taken on a journey towards a deeper comprehension of ourselves and the universe. "Sand Talk" isn't merely a book to read—it's an experience to cherish!
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A mind and heart expanding journey

Sand Talk in its gentle yet radical humility, wisdom and brilliance is a profound work of connection, relationship and love. I discovered it in an expected place and then discovered unexpected places within myself because of it.

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In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.