The Lakota way Stories and lessons for living

Joseph Marshall, 1945-

Book - 2001

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New York : Viking Compass 2001.
Physical Description
240 p.
Includes index.
Main Author
Joseph Marshall, 1945- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This charming, wise book is a multiple hybrid--part autobiography, part mythology, part philosophy. From historical and mythical Indian tales of his Sicunga Lakota Sioux heritage, Marshall adduces universally appealing and applicable messages. Twelve abstractions--wisdom, bravery, love, perseverance, and so forth--serve as the themes for the book's chapters, in which Marshall moves gracefully between personal memories and the mythical memories of his people. In the chapter on compassion, for instance, he retells the myth of the Lakota first man, an eagle who left the heavens to care for humanity's first mother. Then Marshall relates two modern parables that extend and amplify the myth's meaning: one about how a tribal grandmother taught Marshall to care for the bereaved when he was a small boy, the other about a man saved by his neighbors from certain death in a storm. The grace and love in this book are to be widely shared. ((Reviewed November 15, 2001)) Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Marshall was raised by his maternal grandparents on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where he learned Lakota as his first language. Now a historian, actor (Return to Lonesome Dove), and author (Dance House), Marshall beautifully imparts Lakota wisdom here. He certainly knows how to weave a story. In each of the 12 chapters, he introduces an important Lakota virtue (e.g., unsiiciyapi, or humility; and wowacintanka, or perseverance), illustrating it with personal stories and archetypal Lakota tales. The afterword succinctly describes a brief history of the Sioux people. An inspiring study guide for a wide audience, Marshall's book belongs on the same shelf as Severt Young Bear's Standing in the Light (Univ. of Nebraska, 1994) and Billy Mills's Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness (Hay House, 2001). Lisa Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Humility, perseverance, bravery, sacrifice and love are among the 12 values of the Lakota tribe that are presented through traditional stories and personal commentary in Joseph M. Marshall III's The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living. The legend of White Lance and Red Willow Woman teaches the importance of love and duty, for instance, while Marshall's account of his father's battle with cancer stresses the merits of bravery. The lessons for life, which stress the proverbial attributes of common sense and moral vigor, may not be surprising, but the stories that frame them will be new and forceful to most. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A descendant of Crazy Horse adapts the Lakota way to modern life, using poetry, songs, and folklore to teach basic wisdom about how to live in the world.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A descendant of Crazy Horse adapts the Lakota way to modern life, using poetry, songs, and folklore to teach basic wisdom about how to live in the world. 15,000 first printing.