The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living; Native American Wisdom on Ethics and Character

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Joseph M. Marshall’s thoughtful, illuminating account of how the spiritual beliefs of the Lakota people can help us all lead more meaningful, ethical lives.

Rich with storytelling, history, and folklore, The Lakota Way expresses the heart of Native American philosophy and reveals the path to a fulfilling and meaningful life. Joseph Marshall is a member of the Sicunga Lakota Sioux and has dedicated his entire life to the wisdom he learned from ...

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Overview

Joseph M. Marshall’s thoughtful, illuminating account of how the spiritual beliefs of the Lakota people can help us all lead more meaningful, ethical lives.

Rich with storytelling, history, and folklore, The Lakota Way expresses the heart of Native American philosophy and reveals the path to a fulfilling and meaningful life. Joseph Marshall is a member of the Sicunga Lakota Sioux and has dedicated his entire life to the wisdom he learned from his elders. Here he focuses on the twelve core qualities that are crucial to the Lakota way of life—bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom, respect, honor, perseverance, love, humility, sacrifice, truth, and compassion. Whether teaching a lesson on respect imparted by the mythical Deer Woman or the humility embodied by the legendary Lakota leader Crazy Horse, The Lakota Way offers a fresh outlook on spirituality and ethical living.

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What People Are Saying

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"The Lakota have a wisdom that transcends the ages, and Joseph Marshall delivers it with grace and power." —Marianne Williamson

"Wise words by an authentic representative of Lakota culture...[An] inspirational book of a high order." —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142196090
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Compass Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 203,468
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph M. Marshall III, historian, educator, and storyteller, is the author of many books, including The Journey of Crazy Horse and The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for the Living, which was a finalist for the PEN Center USA West Award in 2002. He was raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and his first language is Lakota. Marshall is a recipient of the Wyoming Humanities Award, and he has been a technical advistor and actor in television movies, including Return to Lonesome Dove. He makes his home on the Northern Plains.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Let the Wind Blow Through You
1. Humility - Unsciiciyapi
2. Perseverance - Wowacintanka
3. Respect - Wawoohola
4. Honor - Wayuonihan
5. Love - Cantognake
6. Sacrifice - Icicupi
7. Truth - Wowicake
8. Compassion - Waunsilapi
9. Bravery - Woohitike
10. Fortitude - Cantewasake
11. Generosity - Canteyuke
12. Wisdom - Woksape
Afterword - Wicoiye Ihanke:
The People
Walking the Circle
Index

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

    A must read for adults and children alike!

    Marshall shares the many values and ethics of the Lakota Indians by devoting a chapter to each category. A native story is given to illustrate the ethic and Marshall leads us into it with meaningful background information. This book touches the heart and unleashes compassion and inspiration in the reader. I believe this should be a required reading in schools. It also lends itself to reading of the stories to young children and to philosophical discussion in adults. Marshall is a master of the written word. There is no doubt that this book contributes to peace and good moral development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    the basic rules of life

    This is a book that should be enjoyed by all ages. It shows the learning process taught to us by our elders. The different chapters are a walk through lifes joy's and sorrows. It will touch you no matter what your background. Mitakuye Oyasin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    excellent book

    This generation of young people should be given this book to read in school. It has wonderful lessons on morals and living a better life. They will benefit from this book and be entertained at the same time.

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

    full of wisdom

    this book is full of wisdom and deep truths presented in an informal and easy to digest format. Mr. Marshall has a way with words, and I highly recomend any of his books. My son who is 12 has read this book two times, and he uses the books messages to guide his conduct in daily life.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Inspiring Book regarding quality characters for people to emulate!

    The book is written so very well. I love the stories that are told that reinforce the character traits all people should display. What a testament to the Lakota people and all Native American people who have endured and perservered over these hundreds of years!

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Definitely a must-read!

    "The Lakota Way" is a magnificently written book that will enrich your life in many ways. Each chapter is dedicated to a virtue essential to the Lakota (better known as the Sioux) people. Mr. Marshall masterfully paints a picture of each virtue by sharing traditional stories passed down through the generations. Important lessons in life are wonderfully illustrated and can easily be connected to modern day life. He incorporates his own fascinating life story throughout, providing additional insight into Lakota beliefs and customs. A historical overview featuring tribe development, ceremonies, battles, heroes, and relocation makes this a wonderfully enlightening read as well. For instance, the compelling story of Crazy Horse, "whose humility outshone his fame", was utterly captivating.

    Mr. Marshall is truly a gifted storyteller with an engaging and eloquent writing style. The book was very easy to read and impossible to put down. I absolutely loved it! It's an absolutely wonderful book and I highly recommend it for everyone!

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

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    The Lakota Way

    I was drawn to the Lakota Indian's a few years back when I saw a PBS documentary on them. Browsing through the aisle of a B&N in Oregon a few months back while passing through on a run up to Portland, I came across The Lakota Way. The cover first caught my eye and after reading a little, I was hooked like an addict! Mr. Marshall provides thought provoking, timeless stories shared through out his life and the life of the Lakota natives that will leave you smiling, crying & reflecting on our world......Without a doubt, one of the top 3 books I have ever read in my life time. I have ordered 3 more of Mr. Marshall's books just this evening, and will be ordering many more to pass on to others. I encourage you to buy this book. www.theasphaltblogger.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    Wonderfu and funny

    What a wonderful and funny book. These are the ways of life that we, indeed, need to return to. If we were all to follow Mr. Marshall's lead this world would be beyond GREAT to live in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2008

    Compelling

    This is one of the best books that I have read. Mr. Marshall uses the Lakota tradition of storytelling to explain the basic virtues and values of life in a way that speaks right to your heart. This is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time to come. A MUST read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2002

    A must read!!!!!!!!!

    A wonderful journey into the heart of Native American culture. I have never had a book move me so very much. It reminded me of my own grandmother, who in her own gentle way, would enrich us with her wisdom. When I read the passage of his grandfather's death, I wept in the understanding that these simple words speak to the heart of us all. If you read anything this year, let it be this!!!

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