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

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

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by Joseph M. Marshall III
 

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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.

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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.

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“Joseph Marshall is a master storyteller who reveals profound principles of ancestral wisdom. In a brilliant weaving of metaphorical teaching, Marshall shares a treasury of insights for living a life of strength, purpose, and simplicity. This is such an important book for our times!” —Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and Awakening to the Spirit World

“Joseph Marshall weaves the magic of narrative storytelling with his own personal wisdom to beautifully portray the Lakota and Native American perspective of life and living. This book will make its readers see their own lives through a different filter and will contribute to a shift toward connected and fulfilling community.” —Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona

“As the peoples of both the Western and indigenous world reshape themselves in response to our time of unparalleled changes, The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage provides us with a mirror in which we may all contemplate our reflection. This is a book in which a traditional story offers us an interesting bit of advice: ‘If you do not know who you are, then it does not matter what you believe.’ In this book, Lakota lineage holder Joseph Marshall has made very good medicine indeed.” —Hank Wesselman, PHD, anthropologist and award-winning author of Awakening to the Spirit World, The Bowl of Light, and The Spiritwalker Trilogy

“In The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage, traditional elder Joseph Marshall gives us an in-depth, intimate view of pre-reservation Native American resourcefulness and values, as well as how they can inspire us to develop our own purpose, strength, and resilience.” —Nicki Scully, author of Becoming an Oracle and Planetary Healing

The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage is an exquisitely crafted and inspiring book, representative of a vanishing genre of work from elders who have lived before our modern times.” —Lewis Mehl-Madrona, author of Coyote Medicine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604077476
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Joseph M. Marshall III

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.

In addition, Joseph has had several major screen appearances, including a role in the television network movie, Return to Lonesome Dove, and as a technical advisor and narrator for the Turner Network Television (TNT) and DreamWorks six part mini-series Into the West. Joseph has been recognized for his writing, scholarship, and service with numerous awards, including the Wyoming Humanities Award and the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for Historical Fiction. He is also a practitioner of primitive Lakota archery, having learned from his maternal grandfather the art of hand-crafting bows and arrows, and is a specialist in wilderness survival.

Joseph and his wife Connie (also his literary agent and manager) are the parents of a blended family and have sixteen grandchildren. For more about Joseph's writings and appearances, please visit www.thunderdreamers.com.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must read dis: 1) You have to list your name(Cakelover) and your rank(OBSIDIAN/LEADER) in your name, or else you lose one win. Wins are wins when you fight someone and win. These wins add up over time to move up in the ranks. THE RANKS:To be Wood you need 1 win. To be Gold you need 3 wins in a row OR 6 wins total. To be Stone you need 5 wins in a row OR 10 wins total. To be Iron you need 8 wins in a row OR 16 wins total. To be Diamond you need 15 wins in a row OR 30 wins total. To be Obsidian you need 20 wins in a row OR 40 wins total. I will keep track of your wins. 2) There are battles every day (or there are scheduled to be) just the people that fight in the differ. The people fighting pick the times when both on to fight. Go to the arena (result five) for a sample battle. 4) FIGHTING: Diamond sword- 3 hearts of damage. Iron sword- 2.5 hearts. Stone sword-2 hearts. Gold sword-1.5 hearts. Wood sword-1 heart. Bow and Arrow- 2 hearts per arrow. Poison/ Hunger potion- .5 heart per turn. Invisibility potion- no move for opponent per use. 5) Obsidians can buy 1 potion for 1 win and 1 enchantment for three wins at the shop(result 12). 6) No godmodding. If you do, you automatically lose the battle youre fighting and lose three wins. 6) Once you become obsidian, you can help friends in battle. You can give them items, attack their opponent, etc. HAVE FUN!!!!! The map is at result 13.