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Lakota Way: Stories & Lessons for Living Hardcover – October 15, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First edition (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670894567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670894567
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To the Lakota Indians, virtues such as humility, sacrifice, and bravery are not just distant goals to aspire toward, they are daily expectations. "We believe we are measured by how well, or how little, we manifest virtue in our life's journey," writes Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota. This collection of stories illustrates how generations are taught the Lakota Way of virtuous living through oral storytelling. Marshall recounts the tale of Deer Woman--a siren that lures hunters to her teepee then steals their souls. As the story goes, a grandmother warns her grandson not to be trapped by this beautiful soul-snatcher. When the grandson finally encounters Deer Woman, he is able to resist her seduction, not because he is afraid she'll steal his soul, but because he would never disobey his grandmother. For the Lakota, respect for elders is one of the most honored virtues. After each story, Marshall offers a gracefully rendered essay on the virtue it espouses and how it's applied to daily life. We are fortunate that Marshall translated these precious stories into written English. "They are our gift to the world," he explains. "They are not guarded secrets, they are markers on the road to life--the answers soaring across the open prairies of our lives on the winds of wisdom--helping us, perhaps helping you." --Gail Hudson

From Publishers Weekly

Humility, perseverance, bravery, sacrifice and love are among the 12 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.

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More About the Author

Joseph M. Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and holds a PhD from the reservation university, which he helped to establish. The award-winning author of ten books, including Hundred in the Hand, The Lakota Way, and The Journey of Crazy Horse, 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. Marshall's work as a cultural and historical consultant can be seen and heard in the Turner Network Television and Dreamworks epic television miniseries Into the West.

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Samantha M. Peterson on May 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I was interested in the Lakota way of life, and their belief system. Not only was I enlightened in that aspect, but I gained some insight into the kind of life that I want to live, and the person I want to be. Joseph M. Marshall III, does more than simply list the qualities that are important to the Lakota people. He draws the reader a picture of each quality with stories that have been passed down to him through his family. Not only do these stories show that strength and tenacity of the Native American People through all their hardship at the hands of the whites, but they show people overcoming human weaknesses, and their lives being richer and happier for it. Marshall also describes the outcome of the Native American struggle against the whites differently than I've ever heard it described, that the Native people in this country were never defeated! Through everything the whites put them through, they emerged whith a strong sense of where they came from and where they are going. I highly recommend this book.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By S. Bordeaux on October 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is an outstanding resource for parents of Lakota children and for teachers, teacher education professors, journalists, counselors, social workers, or anyone who works with Lakota people.
Joseph Marshall is an authentic voice bringing back old stories and contemporizing them for his readers as a way of sharing and passing on Lakota wisdom and values for future generations. So many "experts" on the Lakota culture are really just scholars who cannot reach the true center of the culture because they haven't lived it. Joe is the real thing,and his voice is both humble and eloquent as he relates his life to the stories his grandparents told him.
I used the book in my summer course for teachers and they have taken it back to their classrooms to use with their students as a way of encouraging Lakota children to write their own stories. I just can't say enough about how great this book is. There is also a CD of Joe reading some of the stories, which is extremely helpful in a classroom setting.
His other short story collections "The Dance House" and "On Behalf of the Wolf and the First Peoples" are excellent also.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Linda Winter Chaser on February 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
If I were still teaching my native language: Lakota, I would use this book in my classroom. I recommend this book to all of my family and friends. It is a must for all, especially to my people as a lot of us need to relearn these ways or to learn them new! I have read "Dance House" also and can only applaud Mr. Marshall for his great writing. Pilamayaye ksto!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Gutierrez A on March 6, 2003
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this is one of the most enlightening books about not only the native path but everyday interaction. I purchased the book and have re-read and re-read. For those of native heritage it quietly and forcefully moves you to reawaken your heritage and for others shares insight into our beliefs. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to live a better life.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Karla Burke on December 19, 2005
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I live near and work on a reservation in SD. I wanted to read this book to understand the viewpionts my Native American friends better. The way Marshall is able to explain the virtues from a historical, traditional perspective and relate them to modern day is wonderful and easily understood. This is a great book!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. K on March 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
After years of listening to insufferable white posturers and Indian writers beating the tom-tom just a bit too loudly, I have finally come upon a writer who has produced a humble, honorable, knowledgeable book that reflects the application of Indian traditions to the situations that all of us face today. This is not a book for the confused seeker, the desperate wannabe, or the trafficer in the newest new age philosophy du jour. Rather, it is a book for the caring, thoughtful human being who looks into the heart as well as the mind for guidance on life issues. An added benefit is that it is full of wonderful and illustrative stories, lightly told. If you don't feel that the Great Spirit has ordained you to wear eagle feathers and take an Indian name, but you value the rich, earth-embracing philosophy of the Lakota people, please get this book. You will find yourself quietly enriched and illuminated, all in a way that New Age self help books can never begin to provide. Thank you, Mr. Marshall. You remind us that wisdom whispers, it doesn't shout. Keep up the good fight. Kent Nerburn
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. J Young on November 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am not Lakota, however, I do have an interst in their history. This book was a suggested title through a reading program at our church. While the book contains many traditional stories from the Lakota people, it contains many lessons for life for everyone.

It is good to see that this traditional stories have been recorded. As culture has changed, fewer and fewer of our stories are being passed from generation to generation. Stories such as these are timeless. They are relevant now and will be in the future, they are relevant for both Lakota and non-Lakota alike.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bethany L. Janise on August 5, 2005
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I don't normally read anything that isn't put infront my face, I have 3 pages left to this book and I do not want to finish it yet, it's that good. This book is a reminder of how we should live and treat other beings. It has great Native American stories/history ages old and new ones by the author. Whether you just want something to read, interested in history, or want motivation - this book is definitly what you are waiting for!
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