The Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab was established in early 2021 by Dr Tyson Yunkaporta, author of ‘Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World’. The IKS Lab is an activist, public-facing think-tank, rooted in a strong evidence base of research. It uses Indigenous Knowledges as a prompt and provocateur for seeing, thinking, and doing things differently.



Individually and in groups we conduct research projects across many disciplines to inform innovative knowledge and solutions designed to return all human beings to their ecological niche as a custodial species embedded in regenerative landscapes.



Information flows are essential to the functioning of land-based systems and are crucial to the realignment of contemporary human systems with the Law of the land. This informs our pedagogies, communication protocols and decision-making processes.



 In every application of knowledge we seek to build in affordances that increase relationships with humans, non-humans and entities of place, creating feedback loops that continue to generate adaptive responses over time.



The only secure way to store data over deep time is in intergenerational relationships embedded in meaningful landscapes. We adapt our relational technologies for everyday use in order to keep humans in the loop in the project of long-term knowledge retention.

Relational Complexity

Our Lab is grounded in collective knowledge and collaborative practice grounded in protocols of embassy from sacred sites of great gatherings, where many peoples traditionally come together for knowledge production and transmission. Our old people from these places connect us, permit and guide our work.

This is how our knowledge and governance scales. From independent but connected individuals to autonomous but interdependent clans, to sovereign but syndicated tribes connected by a continental common Law, with trading relations extending overseas. We follow this fractal pattern of custodial relations, operating in a collective of collectives.

From the Bunya Mountains gathering protocols we do Wanjau (collective sense-making) to work with feedback loops –  positive and negative – in ways that maintain Mimburi (flows) of regenerative systems. We connect with common protocols across many cultures, and help rediscover these for people who have forgotten them.

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