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

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc

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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 "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.""

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

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