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Dr Tyson Yunkaporta will be speaking online for Ngara in April. Photo James Henry.

Like a lot of groups who bring interesting speakers to the world, the Ngara Institute is taking their program to the internet and you can participate in your living room in your PJs.

On Wednesday April 22 Ngara Institute will present Indigenous author and academic Dr Tyson Yunkaporta as he discusses Indigenous Perspectives: Living Differently in Critical Times.

Dr Tyson Yunkaporta discusses the philosophies and practices of Indigenous thinking and the ways in which it can save the world.

Event organisers say that Dr Yunkaporta’s voice has resonated across the airwaves and indeed in print since the publication in September 2019 of his ground-breaking book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World.

Dr Yunkaporta, who is an academic, arts critic, researcher and author, looks at global systems from an Indigenous perspective. He asks how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation and how this affects us and how we can do things differently.

A template for living

Dr Yunkaporta’s book provides a template for living and questions how we learn and how we remember. Most of all, it’s about Indigenous

thinking and how it can save the world. This forms the basis of Dr Yunkaporta’s challenging conversation.

Dr Yunkaporta belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He carves traditional tools and weapons and is senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Melbourne’s Deakin University.

Hosting and moderating the event is Marcelle Townsend-Cross, Lecturer in Indigenous Australian Studies at LIU Global. Her co-moderator is Oliver Costello, Bundjalung man and founder and CEO of Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation.

The event will take the form of a Zoom Webinar at 7.30pm on the 22nd and attendance details are posted on Ngara’s website https://www.ngarainstitute.org.au.

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