Dean's Keynote Series: July 2021. Aboriginal Memory Techniques

Aboriginal Memory Techniques

Dr Tyson Yunkaporta, Senior Lecturer, Indigenous Knowledges, Deakin University - click here to view recording

Author, academic, educator, Indigenous thinker, maker (traditional wood carving), arts critic, researcher, poet. Apalech clan (west cape) with ties in the south, born-country is Melbourne and adoptive and community/cultural ties all over, from Western NSW to Perth.

As the author of the compelling book, Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World, Dr Tyson Yunkaporta is an incredible teacher and advocate for social change and healing global issues. His remarkable book is about 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 everybody and listening carefully, and finding different ways to look at things. Most of all it's about Indigenous thinking, and how it can save the world.

Tyson's recent research in both Aboriginal memory techniques and the Memory Palace have been shared with many. 'It's not an imagined space. An oral culture contains so many modalities and is tracked differently, where Laws and Indigenous Knowledge is mapped into the landscape and other mnemonic devices, like song lines and stories.' It’s possible to learn about Indigenous tools for learning and retaining information used by people around the world. 'Using mnemonic devices in everyday objects, like a woman weaving a basket, she weaves all her knowledge into the basket and when she holds it she has connection to knowledge, place and time.'

'So much of our memory operates on the mechanics of navigation and narrative. I am located and therefore I am.'

Please join us for a fluid, fulsome and deeply engaging presentation with discussion to follow.

Date and time

From: 01:00 PM Tuesday, July 27, 2021 To: 02:30 PM Tuesday, July 27, 2021