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Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World (edició 2021)

de Tyson Yunkaporta (Autor)

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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. 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.  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. Sand Talk include 22 black-and-white illustrations that add depth to the text.… (més)
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Títol:Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World
Autors:Tyson Yunkaporta (Autor)
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Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World de Tyson Yunkaporta

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I've had this book for awhile and thought I'd read it for Native American Heritage Month (although to be clear, Yunkaporta is a member of the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland, Australia and not Indigenous to the Americas). All the same, I was extremely intrigued by what he might have to say. Given the recent news about climate change I was curious in particular with what he might have to say as I've read article and news that have talked about returning to Indigenous traditions and practices in respect the land and waters.

Honestly, I'm not sure what this book is about. As negative reviews say, the subtitle is incorrect. Yunkaporta can't talk for all Indigenous peoples and that is not what this book is about. It's a series of essays on various themes and topics that often goes off on tangents and goes on to talk about things that honestly have nothing to do with anything.

The book felt more like something more appropriate for the author's personal blog rather than a presentation of what people can do and how shifting our thinking from a colonial mindset may fix much of what ails the world. Which is fine, but as a misrepresentation by the marketing is rather annoying.

I'll admit that I'm a layperson and am not familiar with Yunkaporta or his background so it could be that it just wasn't a book for me. This could be of interest to others but I'd recommend this be a library borrow or buy super cheap as a bargain buy.

Got this as a bargain buy but I'd say this was completely skippable. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Nov 14, 2021 |
Not only does Yunkaporta provide his own interesting and expansive perspective in this books, but he also consults with many other indigenous people to share their perspective. I especially enjoyed his section on gender roles and the input he got from the expert he consulted for that section.

I listened to the audiobook, which was read by the author and which I highly recommend. Because this book is about getting insight into indigenous thinking, it's especially helpful to hear it in the voice and delivery of the author himself, who is an engaging and very conversational speaker. Because the images in the book are very important to guiding the topic of each section, the publisher provided these illustrations in an online supplement for the audiobook, so it's easy to refer to them when they're indicated in the audio.

I find myself thinking back to this book regularly, and I'm sure I'll listen to it again in the future and get even more out of it. ( )
  leslie.emery | Jul 27, 2021 |
Read 2019. ( )
  sasameyuki | Apr 28, 2021 |
Tyson Yunkaporta is an aboriginal Australian. There are a lot of books getting attention these days focused on "indigenous wisdom," and this is a standout.

The first thing that stands out to me about the book is its structure; to write each chapter, Yunkaporta crafted an object to serve as a "mnemonic." I've experimented some over the years with using different methods of structuring writing, and I've heard many stories about aboriginal song lines, but I haven't seen anything like this before! It is a practice I'd like to reflect more on.

Yunkaporta begins by speaking about narcissists. He establishes that the difference between colonizing cultures and indigenous cultures is that the former have a mindset of "better-than." This is a very simple idea that also is very true.

Like a lot of books these days, "Sand Talk" gets pretty deep into ontology and epistemology. At the last chapter, he recaps the book through looking at five windows of knowing: 1) learning through close observation and demonstration, 2) passing on knowledge with a helping hand then gradually stepping back, 3) verbally, 4) memorization through deep listening, and 5) thinking, reflecting, and understanding. Like many themes in the book, this is a meta-framework that can be used to reinterpret the book itself.

In this way, it is a book that can be read many times, and new depths will be found with subsequent readings. ( )
  willszal | Mar 5, 2021 |
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Perhaps the most unusual science book of the year is Sand Talk. by Tyson Yunkaporta (Text), which he describes as "a series of yarns with diverse people who all make me feel uncomfortable". Yunkaporta examines subjects such as food, medicine, gender relations and financial and environmental systems by using visual symbols to represent his thinking – he carves objects, and draws pictures in sand. "I'm not reporting on Indigenous Knowledge systems for a global audience’s perspective," he says. "I'm examining global systems from an Indigenous Knowledge perspective." It's a dramatically new (to some) and absorbing way of engaging with the world, and stops just short of exasperation with self-important "western science". "Silly thinking is something everybody is guilty of from time to time," Yunkaporta writes. "It is forgivable as long as you're still listening." It illustrates perfectly that there is no such thing as "the science", that we should question anyone who tries to claim scientific thought as their own, and that intellectual curiosity is everything.
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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. 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.  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. Sand Talk include 22 black-and-white illustrations that add depth to the text.

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