Many years ago, at a difficult time in my life, I found myself living in the remote Kimberley in Western Australia. I was in my mid-twenties, university and city educated, and none of what I knew was helping me. A group of wise, kind Aboriginal women Elders took me under their wing, and taught me things I have never forgotten. They helped me see the world and myself in a much more connected and holistic way, reconnected me with my history and my own family lines, and helped me to feel like I belonged - to life, to the landscape, and to the distant shores from which my Ancestors had come. It changed my life. Reading Sand Talk took me straight back to yarning with my Aunties and Grannies. I don't want to do this book an injustice by trying to explain what it is. Instead, I recommend that you read it a first time to crack you open and start rewiring your brain to be able to work in a way it hasn't for generations. And then go back and read it again. And later, again. Every time your feet walk that path you'll remember more, absorb more, reclaim more. No matter who you are, or where you live, this book has relevance. I highly recommend it.
Occasionally one reads something, and knows while reading it, they will need to read it again. Not because it is too complex, but because it is so rich with ideas and truths. There is so much wisdom in places we are not told to look, or told not to look; Sand Talk is luscious with such wisdom.
There is a better way and Tyson Yunkaporta opens us to the possibility of a brighter future if we were to take on the proven ways of Australian indigenous culture. The challenge now is putting these practices into action. How? That's for us to work out....together.