tyson yunkaporta

#60 – Keen on Yoga Podcast with Tyson Yunkaporta

Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, an arts critic, and a researcher . He is a member of the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland and carves traditional tools and weapons. In addition, he works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne where he currently lives.

His book Sand Talk was published in 2019 to resounding acclaim.  The paradigm-shifting book brings a crucial Indigenous perspective to historical and cultural issues of history, education, money, power, and sustainability. It offers a new template for living.

As an indigenous person, Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from a unique perspective. Above all, one that is 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. Honoring indigenous traditions, he makes carvings of what he wants to say, channeling 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. 

Sand Talk – How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World

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, and talking to everyone and listening carefully. And 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. In other words, one that is spiritually and physically tied to the earth around us, and how it can save our world.