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Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World


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We are accustomed to a certain way of thinking. We want the world to be simple, but we talk about it in complicated ways. Indigenous thinking is different, It knows the world is complex and finds deep way to communicate this knowledge through pictures, carvings, stories.

Tyson Yunkaporta uses sand talk, which honours the Aboriginal custom of drawing images on the ground, to bring clarity to complexity. He asks: what happens if we bring an Indigenous perspective to the big picture – to history, education, money, power? Can we, in fact, have proper concepts of sustainable life without Indigenous knowledge?

He challenges us to think differently – and save the world.