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The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage: Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow

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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, ...

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Overview

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 offerOnce, 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.

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The Lakota people have kept their dignity and traditions intact despite decades of difficulties and strife, adapting as necessary despite profound concerns about their future. Historian and craftsman Marshall (The Lakota Way) attributes this survival to five lessons from Lakota mythology: transformation, simplicity, purpose, strength, and resilience. Telling stories from myth, modern culture, and his own life, Marshall utilizes the crafting of a simple ash wood bow and a willow arrow as a metaphor of transformation in the face of changing circumstances. The bow represents the moon, and the arrow the sun; these bows and arrows were traditionally crafted by every single male in the Lakota village beginning at age 12. Marshall is extremely skeptical of the value and meaning of modern technology (“Computers, cell phones, and printers do not inspire me to think of my life and the kind of person I might be”), and harks back to the wisdom of his ancestors to follow what’s truly important. This slim volume maintains a deliberately small and focused voice, but despite its genuine wisdom, it may have difficulty reaching a broad audience. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604078787
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 956,700
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph M. Marshall III is a teacher, historian, writer, storyteller, and a Lakota craftsman. He was born on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and raised in a traditional native household by his maternal grandparents. He has published nine nonfiction works including The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living and To You We Shall Return: Lessons About Our Planet from the Lakota, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, a children's book, and was contributing author in five other publications; and has written several screenplays. Several of his books have been published in French, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, German, Italian, Chinese, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Bulgarian.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Child of the Moon, Child of the Sun xi

Chapter 1 Transformation 1

A Bag of Stones

The Conversations of Old Men

The Skill of the Bow Maker, the Resilience of the Tree

To Choose to Change

Faces in the Water of Change

Chapter 2 Simplicity 53

Across the River

The Effectiveness of Simplicity

Chapter 3 Purpose 75

The Story Keeper

The Power of Purpose

Honoring Purpose

Chapter 4 Strength 101

Stone Knives

Held to the Fire

No Greater Treasure

Chapter 5 Resiliency 131

A Quiet Woman

To Go On

The Best You Have

Chapter 6 The Stone Carriers 151

Afterword Parting Shots 173

Acknowledgments 181

About the Author 183

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