Emerging

The long weekend brought many visitors to our beautiful town of Queenscliff.  There were so many people around it was like the middle of summer rather than a June winter weekend!  After months of shutdown people were obviously happy to get out and about, and our retailers and cafes would have been very happy to see them. I had two visits from Melbourne friends and we enjoyed walking around town and along the beach as well as exploring the galleries in Hesse Street and indulging in  brunch. How I have missed being served eggs and coffee that someone else has prepared!

Fortunately, I have not had to miss out on my favourite pastime of reading during the coronavirus.  At present I am having my ways of thinking challenged by Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta, an indigenous university lecturer, who suggests that indigenous thinking can change the world. This is a big ask and I am slowly working my way through the book as it really does make me reconsider my way of seeing the world, but it takes time.  I first had the opportunity to hear Tyson speak at the Geelong Library’s Word for Word Non-fiction Festival in November 2019.  That was a challenging evening but I came away intrigued by this man and his ways of thinking. Sand Talk is highly recommended but it’s not for the faint-hearted.

As it is very topical this week, I can recommend two other books which will help non-indigenous people reach a better understanding of the rich culture of our original inhabitants.  Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe is now well known and is an easy entry to this ‘other world’ of the past, while Treading Lightly by Kari Sveiby and Tex Sculthorpe delves more deeply into the social and spiritual dimensions of traditional indigenous people.

Happy reading!
Pauline

Editor note: Bruce Pascoe’s book also has a children’s picture book version, titled Young Dark Emu.

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