The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage

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The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage

Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow

By Joseph M. Marshall III

Sounds True, Hardcover, 9781604078787, 208pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2012

Description
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 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 eloquent prose and an elder's perspective, Marshall draws from traditional stories, the history of the Lakota, and his own experiences to offer timeless lessons on: Transformation what the journey of the Lakota people teaches us about preserving what is essential as our external circumstances change Simplicity the story of Grandmother Grass Braid, who understood that the more you know, the less you need to carry Purpose how the world unveils our purpose to us, as revealed in the story of the Keeper of the Winter Count Strength the moving story of Henry One Bull, and how adversity teaches us to develop the true core of our strength Resiliency the lessons of Grandma Red Leaf on facing the challenges of life with the best we have to offerOnce, 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.


About the Author
Joseph M. Marshall IIIJoseph 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.


NPR
Friday, Nov 2, 2012

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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