Joseph M. Marshall’s thoughtful, illuminating account of how the spiritual beliefs of the Lakota people can help us all lead more meaningful, ethical lives.
Rich with storytelling, history, and folklore, The Lakota Way expresses the heart of Native American philosophy and reveals the path to a fulfilling and meaningful life. Joseph Marshall is a member of the Sicunga Lakota Sioux and has dedicated his entire life to the wisdom he learned from his elders. Here he focuses on the twelve core qualities that are crucial to the Lakota way of life--bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom, respect, honor, perseverance, love, humility, sacrifice, truth, and compassion. Whether teaching a lesson on respect imparted by the mythical Deer Woman or the humility embodied by the legendary Lakota leader Crazy Horse, The Lakota Way offers a fresh outlook on spirituality and ethical living.
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.
Growing up on the reservation there was never a book that stood out to me during my time in high school. Years after graduating I came across this book and it answered all my questions and gave me inspiration to become more than just a man but to be a better Lakota.
This book should be read every year and to every class to all the schools on the Reservations. And should also be read by all Lakotas and non-Lakotas alike.
An inspiration and a source of strong heart to better ourselves and our future.
This book is filled with great wisdom that has nearly been lost. Each chapter fills the soul with courage, humility, generosity, love of nature, and much more.
This is a great book and should be on the book shelf of every home, be referenced often and shared with friends and family whether you have any Native blood or none at all. The teachings are universal.