The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living

By Joseph M. Marshall III
Read by Joseph M. Marshall III

8.77 Hours 12/01/2005 unabridged
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A gifted storyteller, historian, and a member of the Sicunga Lakota Sioux, Joseph M. Marshall III has dedicated his entire life to spiritual fulfillment and to teaching others the essence of Lakota wisdom. In The Lakota Way, Marshall shares his own story and many others imparting the wisdom of the Lakota culture. These stories express the heart of his Native American philosophy and the twelve core qualities that are crucial to the Lakota way of living: bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom, respect, honor, perseverance, love, humility, sacrifice, truth, and compassion. Rich with storytelling, history, and folklore, The Lakota Way offers a fresh and compelling outlook on spiritual and ethical living.

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Winner of the Audie Award in Audie Award for Best Inspirational Audio

A gifted storyteller, historian, and a member of the Sicunga Lakota Sioux, Joseph M. Marshall III has dedicated his entire life to spiritual fulfillment and to teaching others the essence of Lakota wisdom. In The Lakota Way, Marshall shares his own story and many others imparting the wisdom of the Lakota culture. These stories express the heart of his Native American philosophy and the twelve core qualities that are crucial to the Lakota way of living: bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom, respect, honor, perseverance, love, humility, sacrifice, truth, and compassion.

Rich with storytelling, history, and folklore, The Lakota Way offers a fresh and compelling outlook on spiritual and ethical living.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Humility, perseverance, bravery, sacrifice and love are among the twelve values of the Lakota tribe that are presented through traditional stories and personal commentary in Joseph M. Marshall III’s The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living. The legend of White Lance and Red Willow Woman teaches the importance of love and duty, for instance, while Marshall’s account of his father’s battle with cancer stresses the merits of bravery. The lessons for life, which stress the proverbial attributes of common sense and moral vigor, may not be surprising, but the stories that frame them will be new and forceful to most.” Publishers Weekly
“Delightful…Suitable for all listeners, this recording brings satisfaction on various levels—the lovely traditional music that accompanies the stories, the narrator’s calm and expressive voice, and the timeless wisdom the parables and fables convey. Solemn, insightful, and vivid, these stories evoke a tribal community gathered close, intently listening to an oral tradition that enlightens and inspires.” AudioFile
“This charming, wise book is a multiple hybrid—part autobiography, part mythology, part philosophy. From historical and mythical Indian tales of his Sicunga Lakota Sioux heritage, Marshall adduces universally appealing and applicable messages. Twelve abstractions—wisdom, bravery, love, perseverance, and so forth—serve as the themes for the book’s chapters, in which Marshall moves gracefully between personal memories and the mythical memories of his people. In the chapter on compassion, for instance, he retells the myth of the Lakota first man, an eagle who left the heavens to care for humanity’s first mother. Then Marshall relates two modern parables that extend and amplify the myth’s meaning: one about how a tribal grandmother taught Marshall to care for the bereaved when he was a small boy, the other about a man saved by his neighbors from certain death in a storm. The grace and love in this book are to be widely shared.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Joseph M. Marshall III

Joseph M. Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation and holds a PhD from the reservation university, which he helped to establish. The award-winning author of ten books, he has also contributed to various publications and written several screenplays. His first language is Lakota, he handcrafts primitive Lakota bows and arrows, and he is a specialist in wilderness survival. His work as a cultural and historical consultant can be seen and heard on Turner Network Television and the Dreamworks epic television miniseries “Into the West.” He has won an Audie® Award, Earphones Award, “Nammy” Award, and was named Best American Indian Fiction Writer by True West magazine in 2009.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English