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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. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

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)2020 HarperAudio

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thank you

I will be listening for the stories and wisdom contained in my own hands, I will be communing with every physical aspect of my life differently now and listening with my whole body. This book is profound and I will be returning to it over and over again. A lover of language, I appreciate deeply how this book excites me to shape shift my own relationship with words. Oftentimes as a writer, I am frustrated around the limits and egregious disconnection the English language can provoke. This book is a call to expand my language, examine, question and shape shift metaphors that are perpetuating harm and to reconnect with myself and the earth through an interbeing way of thinking and living. Thank you thank you thank you Tyson Yunkaporta

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Awe Inspiring

The author harnesses difficult to find authenticity and life experience to deliver a living transmission of indigenous wisdom. This book is so full of unique tools, fresh perspectives, and mind splitting humor while tackling a vastly difficult subject matter. I am going to read it again and attempt to assimilate as much as I can into my life. Thank you

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Full eye opener

I found this book rich in so many ways...the author's capacity to bring wisdom from another dimension down to where the goats can eat it is exceptional. I had to repeat several chapters to make sure I grasped their import. He outlines the damage that limited thinking can cause and gives ways to view the same issue in an entirely new way that has the goal of harmony and sustainability in it's truest sense. Well done for making me sit up and listen!

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Powerful

I will be reading it again. The book is a beautiful reminder how small we are in the great scheme of things, and how we became even more limited with, what today is generally defined as a progress. Mr. Yunkaporta awakes some long forgotten thoughts and takes us on a journey of symbols, all the way back when our immediate community made sense. This book remembers our states as humans before the systemic brainwashing through educational systems and by being presented only one of many true histories. While practically making a case for limitless powers of mind, Mr. Yunkaporta stretches a latent warning throughout the book: the progress might just be a thing that will cage us - in all senses.

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Wow.

Best book I've spent my time on in a very long while. Thank you, Tyson!!!

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A must read!

The wisdom, ideas, stories, and perspectives in this book will change your life if you let it. Tyson weaves the contents of this book in an way that reflects the concepts being shared in a twisting and refreshingly complex way. The modern way of life and it's people have much to learn from it.

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I am not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this. I tried to power through all of the metaphors and mystical dialogue, but it was too much for me.

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Profoundly important book!

This book should be required reading for everyone. Especially those that are wanting to make a profound impact in the world.

There is deep and important wisdom here.

We must all learn to see through indigenous eyes and apply what is so obvious, but is often hidden. It is not until our eyes and hearts are ready to open wide enough that we will be able to see what has always been there waiting for us to know, again.

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Paradigm shifting thinking!

Great perennial wisdoms exhibited throughout. This book is reminds me of a spiritually rich version of 'Sapiens'. Undoubtedly, I will read or listen to this book a few more times. This book is loaded with insights and lessons, the final lesson at the end (Respect, ..., ..., ... {don't want to spoil} is one that will live with me!) It only looses a star for me because Tyson comes across as embittered and overly opinionated in several instances.

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Unlike anything I’ve ever read

A glimpse into wisdom that predates civilization, and may yet save us from ourselves.

There are no words for how different and unique this book is. Images, perhaps. But to grasp those, you’ll have to read it.

Bravo.