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About the Author

Joseph M. Marshall III

Joseph M. Marshall III is a teacher, historian, writer, storyteller, and a Lakota craftsman. He was born on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and raised in a traditional native household by his maternal grandparents. He has published nine nonfiction works including The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living and To You We Shall Return: Lessons About Our Planet from the Lakota, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, a children's book, and was contributing author in five other publications; and has written several screenplays. Several of his books have been published in French, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, German, Italian, Chinese, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Bulgarian.

In addition, Joseph has had several major screen appearances, including a role in the television network movie, Return to Lonesome Dove, and as a technical advisor and narrator for the Turner Network Television (TNT) and DreamWorks six part mini-series Into the West. Joseph has been recognized for his writing, scholarship, and service with numerous awards, including the Wyoming Humanities Award and the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for Historical Fiction. He is also a practitioner of primitive Lakota archery, having learned from his maternal grandfather the art of hand-crafting bows and arrows, and is a specialist in wilderness survival.

Joseph and his wife Connie (also his literary agent and manager) are the parents of a blended family and have sixteen grandchildren. For more about Joseph's writings and appearances, please visit www.thunderdreamers.com.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604078782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604078787
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me say it's an honor to be the first to review this book. Whenever you pick up A book by Joseph Marshall III you can be sure of one thing, it's hard to put down. In this work, and in the tradition of the story teller Joseph uses a bow and arrow as a strong metaphor to anchor you into the qualities of those elders who have knowledge and wisdom. He skillfully weaves everything together into a unified whole. The process of making and using the bow and arrow in the Lakota tradition is likened to fine attributes like purpose, resilience, courage, simplicity etc. He also uses traditional stories passed down from his culture to drive a point home, much like an arrow hitting it's intended mark. I would say this book is a dose of good medicine. The stories are heart warming and meaningful, as are his recollections. Like the influence of being raised by his Grandmother and Grandfather. I particularly identify with his writings because of my background as a tracker and have much the same purpose in life as my fellow author. Not to many people are able to nail down the feeling and traditions of their native culture the way he does. It has the ring of authenticity coupled with that true feeling that comes from the heart. I was also impressed by his balanced perspective of the "toys" of technology in comparison to the simple pleasures of the past. This is the kind of book you settle in with at night so that you can have good thoughts before you dose off. Of course anytime is a good time to read his words of wisdom. Read this book and you will come away with a good feeling. Thanks Joseph.
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Last year I read The Lakota Way by Joseph M. Marshall, which is a wonderful collection of folklore, each story having a moral, as in the stories in Aesop's Fables. It sits proudly on my keeper shelf and is well worn from constant use.

Now, from the same author, we get another bequest of wisdom in The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage.

It's always nice to look at cultures not your own and take the gifts of insight that are offered. In this case, as in the previous book, there are lessons taught, but the theme is not varied as the bow is the key to each experience. But the focus is the same: courage and honor, discipline and self-sacrifice.

No matter the belief system, traditions or the way of life, each society has much to offer in rich, vibrant tales of wisdom. This book offers such a contribution.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for ways to improve the quality of life, outlook and self-esteem, and those raising small children can benefit as well from the teachings in this book.

Highly Recommended!
Diane Davis White
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The Lakota Way of Strength and courage is written in consistency with Mr. Marshalls previous books. The lessons and wisdom discussed are new and the information has not be written about in his previous books. Joseph continues to share his Grandparents Wisdom through the stories he grew up hearing, as the reader experiences these stories they get a true essence of who Joseph's Grandparents were and the lasting impact they left with him to share with all cultures. Mr. Marsahll discusses how the bow and arrow came into the culture of his people. He discusses what the bow and arrow represent and the fact that they were more more than just survival tools. I find the classic consistency of Mr. Marshalls writing as he enlightens us with his wisdom about life itself. The author has a unique style and grace with his heart felt words as he discusses things that one would only know if raised within the Lakota culture, to receive these teachings is truly an honor beyond words. For those who have read Mr. Marshall's books and those who are new to this very talented author, this book is a must read. Enjoy the journey!
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The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage is autobiographical, philosophical and an observation of the times we live in comparison to the times of Marshall's youth. Joseph Marshall grew up on the Rosebud Reservation primarily with his grandparents. Having received his first bow, which was made by his grandfather, and practicing archery his whole life, he has used the art of making and using a traditional bow and arrows as a metaphor for life in general. Marshall discuses the subjects of Transformation, Simplicity, Purpose, Strength and Resiliency. He includes stories and a description of these ideas in his usual interesting and insightful way. He has always surprised me with his insights of well known historical events and the people involved in them. Having read most of what Joseph Marshall has written, I am always happy to be able to read more of "his stories", some are from Native Tradition, and to think about his perspective on the white versus native history. His stories are always a joy to read. He is a truly gifted writer and I find his books hard to put down. I noticed two differences between this book and many of his others. Now at age 65 his reflections on his life seems to have a bit of sadness. Perhaps not seeing the changes he had hoped for in the world... You might see this differently. Also, this book though written for a general native/non-native audience seems more directed toward the native community. This by no means diminishes its content for the non-native reader. As with all Joseph Marshall III books, I highly recommend The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage.
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