The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage
Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow
By Joseph M. Marshall, III
(Sounds True, Hardcover, Abridged, 9781591796305, 200pp.)
Publication Date: January 2012
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In Lakota tradition, the bow and arrow were more than tools for hunting or battle. The bow's resilience and flexibility, the arrow's grace and power, the archer's focus and patience--in these, we find the essential qualities for living a life of strength, purpose, and simplicity. In, em>The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage, Joseph M. Marshall builds upon the central metaphor of the bow and arrow to provide a treasury of insights, stories, and irreplaceable wisdom. With elegant and captivating writing, this master storyteller illuminates timeless lessons on: Transformation--how we can preserve what is fundamental even as our external circumstances changeSimplicity--the story of grandmother Grass Braid, who understood that "the more you know, the less you need to carry"Strength and Resiliency--what the history and lore of the Lakota can teach us about growing through adversityPurpose--how the world unveils our purpose to us, as revealed in story of the Keeper of the Winter Count
Once, the Lakota people relied on the ash bow and the willow arrow to provide food and sustenance. Today, these simple tools can offer us something even more precious: a way to nourish our souls with spiritual wisdom. Joseph M. Marshall offers a book that is at once profound, honest, and rich with meaning as he reveals The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage.
Most Americans think of the bow and arrow as a tool for hunting or sports. But writer and craftsman Joseph Marshall III has always seen the bow and arrow as a source of spiritual guidance. For Native American Heritage Month, host Michel Martin speaks with Marshall about his book The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage. More at NPR.org
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