S01 E13: Tyson Yunkaporta, author & academic

In this episode we hear from Dr Tyson Yunkaporta, author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. He is an academic, arts critic, and researcher who belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. Tyson carves traditional tools and weapons and works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University, Melbourne.

We yarn about Indigenous perspectives on food, respecting Indigenous Knowledge and Law, abundance and scarcity, western neoliberal paradigms, addressing inequality as a social problem, the ‘Murray Antoinette syndrome’, fostering emergence, acting as custodians, Indigenous governance, intergenerational equity, letting go of hope and taking back agency. Special shout out to Tyson’s kids. You can find Tyson on LinkedIn and the books The Land is the Source of the Law by C.F. Black and Fire Country by Victor Steffensen.

You can find us at onebitepod.com and @onebitepod across social media.

Links to things mentioned in this episode: Resilience and Innovation in Indigenous Communities (Scott, 2010); Review of nutrition among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Lee & Ride, 2018); Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall Kimmerer; Emergence: the remarkable simplicity of complexity The Conversation; Indigenous imprisonment, suicide and self-harm rates have risen, report finds The Guardian; Cashless debit card: government’s own research finds underwhelming support The Guardian; Record breaking iron ore revenue is putting a floor in the budget ABC News; Iron ore mining comeback in NT sparks environmental, fishing and cultural concerns ABC News; Juukan Gorge inquiry: Rio Tinto’s decision to blow up Indigenous rock shelters ‘inexcusable’ The Guardian; WhiteBLACKatcha.

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