Event Session - Systems Change and First Peoples

Wednesday 4th November, 1:00pm - 2:30pm AEDT

Live Stream


This first session in the Systems Change and the Arts series respects that Australia's First People and cultural practices are central to the changes needed. 

Görkem Acaroğlu and Pippa Bailey will host conversations with Tyson Yunkaporta exploring how Indigenous thinking can save the world and with Pauline Lampton on the amazing work she is leading in Cairns.

Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, an arts critic, and a researcher who belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He carves traditional tools and weapons and also works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Tyson Yunkaporta is the author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. He looks at global systems from an Indigenous perspective. He asks how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation.
How does this affect us? How can we do things differently?

Pauline Lampton is the Artistic Director of Miriki Performing Arts is a company of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers based in Cairns and the surrounding regions. Aged between 11 and 20 years, the dancers learn alongside mentors and Elders like Pauline who share their passion to express their Indigenous heritage and history through unique choreography and the presentation of their work.

Intro - 10mins

Pauline Lampton & Tyson Yunkaporta
plus Q and A - 40 mins

Brainstorm break outs 30 mins

Sum up the session - 10mins

Useful links:

Find Tyson's book - sand talk - here: https://www.readings.com.au/re...

Peer to Peer investing explained here: https://www.investopedia.com/a...

Enspiral - https://enspiral.com/

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Key Points

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    Reflection on what Tyson Yunkaporta had to say:

    - Art is a recent construct and recently turned into a product, culture shouldn't be a commodity.

    - Everybody has an urge to express themselves, to sing, to dance and tell stories, they are discouraged and silenced by the cultural elite.

    - 'Stop Actualising' (referencing Maslow's hierarchy of needs), don't look inside yourself, look out to your relationships.

    - Find connection to place, invest and protect that place.

    Relections on Pauline Lampton's interview

    - Pukamani [Burial ceremony] poles were used to give identity to those who had pased and helped

    - How can we share and not have our culture commmodied?

    - We are community workers as well as cultural workers for young people, Elders, Leaders and custodians of our culture. Its all about maintaining culture.

    - For Pauline it all comes back to an equal exchange, we are all here together in this time and see each others roles and responsibilities. Work together for better outcomes.

    - How are we looking after the living things we are sharing time and space with where we are? And connect to Indigenous People where you are...

    - Systems change is about embedding culture in community work

    - Methodology at Mikaki Performing Arts is about maintaining the balance between five pillars - including community, language and law. Practice honours non hierarchical interdependence between these fundamental pillars of the culture.