The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage

Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow

By Joseph M. Marshall, III
(Sounds True, Hardcover, 9781604078787, 200pp.)

Publication Date: January 2012

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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 offer 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.



About the Author
Joseph Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe. Because he was raised in a traditional Lakota household by his maternal grandparents, his first language is Lakota. In that environment he also learned the ancient tradition of oral storytelling. Marshall is an author with nine nonfiction works, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, and several screenplays to his credit. He is also a speaker and lecturer, having appeared throughout the United States and in countries such as France, Sweden, and Siberia. Marshall has also appeared in television documentaries, served as technical advisor for movies, and served as the narrator for the six-part mini-series Into the West, as well as playing the on-screen role of "Loved by the Buffalo," a Lakota medicine man. Website: http: //www.josephmarshall.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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