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Returning to the Lakota Way: Old Values to Save a Modern World

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In Returning to the Lakota Way, prolific author Joseph Marshall presents the follow-up to his highly regarded book The Lakota Way. Using beautiful storytelling to relay traditional tales passed down through the generations, Marshall once again takes the reader on a journey of growth and inspiration. Each chapter presents one story that exemplifies a quality or way of life that will encourage in readers a sense of inner peace amidst the busyness of modern life.
From the hunting adventures of the raven and the wolf, we see the importance of tolerance; the lessons of the grasshopper impart the wisdom of patience; and the experiences of a young man named Walks Alone teach us about silence and turning within. Speaking to these and other universal qualities, such as faith and selflessness, Marshall gives readers insight into their own lives using tales from the past interspersed with stories from his own life growing up on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In him, we see a clear example of the wisdom of history enhancing the state of the current world. This magnificent work will give readers an insider’s view of the Lakota people while providing universal lessons to enrich life.

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     Returning to the Lakota Way immerses us once again in the world of the Lakota Sioux through the beautiful storytelling and deep insight of Joseph Marshall’s writing. Relaying traditional tales that have been passed down over generations, Marshall takes us on an inspiring journey that will help us better understand the world around us and our place in it.
     The teaching stories found in each chapter provide lessons that open our eyes to universal qualities and practices passed down over many generations. From the hunting adventures of the raven and the wolf, we discover the importance of tolerance; the actions of the grasshopper highlight the value of patience; and the experiences of a young man named Walks Alone show us the benefit of silence and turning within. Speaking to these and other traits, such as faith and selflessness, Marshall helps us see our own lives more clearly using time-honored tales interspersed with stories from his own life growing up on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In his work, we find a clear example of how the wisdom of the past has relevance and meaning in the world of today.

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
 

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The Lost Entwife, November 18, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
One of the things I love most about Native American literature is the complete relevance the stories have to life today. James Marshall recognizes this and expertly weaves his own insight into stories that have been passed down in the oral tradition from his grandparents. Many of the stories contain information about Crazy Horse, one of the most famous of the Lakota, and quite a few of them talk about the origin of familiar creatures and traditions, such as the buffalo and the sun dance. Returning to the Lakota Way is not only a collection of these stories, but also a challenge to its readers to think long and hard about the morals of the stories and the impact it would have on our lives and communities if we just applied them to our own lives.

One of the most striking of the stories in Marshall's collection was the lesson on silence. I know from personal experience that life is turbulent, and that decisions are made during ones youth that aren't always remembered fondly. Marshall understands this and lays out thoughts from his grandparents, essentially letting us know that we cannot escape ourselves and in order to come to peace with things like darkness and death, we first have to learn to live with ourselves in the silence. I was moved to tears when I read the story and accompanying application. I was moved because of the power of the message and because I have personally learned the importance of learning to live in the silence; to be comfortable and completely okay with examining my own life and accepting who I was, who that has made me, and who I strive to be in the future.

Marshall also touches on the themes of faith, using a fantastic story of Iktomi to illustrate how necessary it is for survival. He talks about respect toward elders and the importance of keeping our elders around, admonishing those who strive to replace them with youth and fresh ideas. In the Lakota tribe, elders were prized for their wisdom and yet, that idea of wisdom is one that is pushed aside with careless thought all too often today. Do you doubt me? Go visit your local retirement home and see how many people are there seeking the wisdom of their elders.

Returning to the Lakota Way is an accessible, easy to understand, and beautifully written book. The stories are split into easily manageable chapters and some great study could be made not only of the stories, but the real life applications that Marshall brings to light. The way the stories are told is also so lyrical that they beg to be read out loud, and I cannot wait for the day that my nephew is old enough to appreciate the stories and, hopefully, take away something that will instill in him some of the same characteristics and values that the Lakota had.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401931759
Author:
Marshall, Joseph M., Iii
Publisher:
Hay House
Author:
Marshall, Joseph M.
Author:
Marshall, Joseph
Author:
Marshall, Joseph M., III
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
Motivational
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.38 x 8.38 in

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Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Native American » Plains
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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     Returning to the Lakota Way immerses us once again in the world of the Lakota Sioux through the beautiful storytelling and deep insight of Joseph Marshall’s writing. Relaying traditional tales that have been passed down over generations, Marshall takes us on an inspiring journey that will help us better understand the world around us and our place in it.
     The teaching stories found in each chapter provide lessons that open our eyes to universal qualities and practices passed down over many generations. From the hunting adventures of the raven and the wolf, we discover the importance of tolerance; the actions of the grasshopper highlight the value of patience; and the experiences of a young man named Walks Alone show us the benefit of silence and turning within. Speaking to these and other traits, such as faith and selflessness, Marshall helps us see our own lives more clearly using time-honored tales interspersed with stories from his own life growing up on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In his work, we find a clear example of how the wisdom of the past has relevance and meaning in the world of today.
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