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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (418 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph M. Marshall Narrator: Joseph M. Marshall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A gifted storyteller, historian, and a member of the Sicunga Lakota Sioux, Joseph M. Marshall III has dedicated his entire life to spiritual fulfillment and to teaching others the essence of Lakota wisdom. In The Lakota Way, Marshall shares his own story and many others imparting the wisdom of the Lakota culture. These stories express the heart of his Native American philosophy and the twelve core qualities that are crucial to the Lakota way of living: bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom, respect, honor, perseverance, love, humility, sacrifice, truth, and compassion.

Rich with storytelling, history, and folklore, The Lakota Way offers a fresh and compelling outlook on spiritual and ethical living.

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  • “Humility, perseverance, bravery, sacrifice and love are among the twelve 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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Delightful…Suitable for all listeners, this recording brings satisfaction on various levels—the lovely traditional music that accompanies the stories, the narrator’s calm and expressive voice, and the timeless wisdom the parables and fables convey. Solemn, insightful, and vivid, these stories evoke a tribal community gathered close, intently listening to an oral tradition that enlightens and inspires.”


  • “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.”


  • Winner of the Audie Award in Audie Award for Best Inspirational Audio

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mark Harrison Jr. | 1/6/2014

    " This book seems like it was written to children. As I am neither a child nor am I of the Lakota tribe, I was glad when I finished this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meredith | 12/11/2013

    " I listened to the audio book, and the narration was great-- but the sound quality varied. On the one hand, listening to the author tell his tribe's stories was great, but I want a physical copy of the book too, because there are parts I want to note for myself. good book though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paddy Noble | 11/24/2013

    " The book is about story telling and the deeper meanings behind them that connect to the everything issues of life that we face today. I enjoyed this book because the sign posting, as one review called it, about the Lakota Way is exactly that. The stories were supposed to illustrate themselves as a sign post of peoples cultures and traditions and experiences in the world. Without story telling we can't give light to how we feel and understand the world. The Lakota Way illustrates the stories and experiences and traditions of many indigenous cultures from around the world. Sadly though much of those stories and traditions have been lost to a more modern world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deb Weina | 11/15/2013

    " Highly recommend this book to anyone searching for more than today's culture and society provides. "

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