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Tyson Yunkaporta: Sand Talk – How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

Mon, 15 Nov 2021

Join me and co-host Fil Tkaczyk for a “proper yarn” with Tyson Yunkaporta about:

·      The idea of what it means to live within and through multiple associations, ideals, and ways of thinking.

·      Tyson’s indigenous and cultural roots.

·      How everything that is real about who we are is not necessarily only within ourselves, but within the connections of our relations.

·      What a “proper yarn” is and means.

·      Developing a relationship with place and society’s ideas of who should have a voice based on perceived identities and social fragmentation.

·      The idea of emergence for cultural change and tracking patterns.

·      How everything in the world is surrounded by sex and death.

Connect with Tyson:

Deakin University Faculty Profile

Book Recommendations:

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World,  by: Tyson Yunkaporta

Connect with Fil:

Animism: Listening to the Land Podcast on Apple

Animism: Listening to the Land Podcast Facebook Page

Animism: Listening to the Land Podcast Instagram Page

W&W Short #3 - Alie Nation Lyrics: Indigenous Mindset vs. Western Societal Mindset

Tue, 22 Jun 2021

A short episode discussing the lyrics of the song "Alie Nation" written by the late John Trudell and performed by the musical group "The Halluci Nation" (formerly "A Tribe Called Red"). I offer a personal interpretation of the lyrics, discussing the two different mindsets one may adopt, that of an indigenous way of thinking which may lead to healing, connection, and sacredness, or that of a post-modern western societal way of thinking which embraces separateness, numb, trauma, and materialism.

Alie Nation Youtube Video

Halluci Nation Article

Halluci Nation Article

John Trudell Wikipedia Page

Tracking Series 08 – Brian McConnell: Hunting and Trailing Wildlife and CyberTracker Trailing Evaluations

Mon, 12 Apr 2021

In this eighth episode of my tracking series I had the fortune to catch up with avid hunter, tracker, and CyberTracker evaluator Brian McConnell. In our discussion we cover a lot of ground (pun intended). Brian fills us in on his background as a young man being taught by his dad how to hunt in the Arkansas woods, then learning intuitively to trail deer, and finally, later in life, connecting with a class offering formal training in tracking techniques which helped him refine his craft to the point of earning a specialist level on his second ever trailing evaluation, then becoming an evaluator shortly after. Brian shares his knowledge on:

·      How a trailing evaluation unfolds and what the evaluator is scoring the tracker on

·      How he uses tracking to inform and support his hunting activities, especially for deer and elk

·      Tells us some hunting stories, showcasing how 90% of the elk he takes are done so by trailing right to the animal

·      Gives us some practical tips on how to begin learning the art of trailing, especially for hunting purposes

Connect with Brian

Book Recommendations

Dersu the Trapper, by: V.K. Arseniev

The Jim Corbett Omnibus, by: Jim Corbett (Includes “Man-eaters of Kumaon”, “The Temple Tiger and More Man-eaters of Kumaon”, and “The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag”)

W&W Short #2 - The Story of the Coyote Howl From My Intro

Tue, 30 Mar 2021

In response to a question from a listener, I tell the story of where the coyote howl recording from my intro came from. It is a very special story, near and dear to my heart, and discusses my experience with a pair of coyotes while searching for a quality sit spot area.  Stick around after the outro music to hear a 5 minute sample of all the coyote vocalizations from the story.

W&W Short #1: Introduction-The Sacred Order of Nature

Mon, 15 Mar 2021

In this Wilderness and Wellness “Short”, I introduce the inaugural episode for a new format that I plan to start releasing and delve into a passage from Eckhart Tolle's "Oneness With All Life". Based on Eckhart's teachings in this passage I discuss the way that the thinking mind perceives organic natural spaces as chaos, whereas the quiet mind of "being" perceives a sacred order. I offer commentary on the importance of the "being mind" while in nature to develop a participatory relationship with other living beings and garner the personal and planetary health and wellness benefits that will ensue.

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