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Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living

Marshall, Joseph

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ISBN 10: 0670894567 / ISBN 13: 9780670894567
Published by Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2001
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living

Publisher: Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

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Native American wisdom on ethics and character. "The Lakota Way captures the beliefs, values and wisdom that have sustained the Lakota people since time immemorial in this rich collection of traditional stories. People of all cultures will find valuable lessons in each of the stories."


To the Lakota Indians, virtues such as humility, sacrifice, and bravery are not just distant goals to aspire toward, they are daily expectations. "We believe we are measured by how well, or how little, we manifest virtue in our life's journey," writes Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota. This collection of stories illustrates how generations are taught the Lakota Way of virtuous living through oral storytelling. Marshall recounts the tale of Deer Woman--a siren that lures hunters to her teepee then steals their souls. As the story goes, a grandmother warns her grandson not to be trapped by this beautiful soul-snatcher. When the grandson finally encounters Deer Woman, he is able to resist her seduction, not because he is afraid she'll steal his soul, but because he would never disobey his grandmother. For the Lakota, respect for elders is one of the most honored virtues. After each story, Marshall offers a gracefully rendered essay on the virtue it espouses and how it's applied to daily life. We are fortunate that Marshall translated these precious stories into written English. "They are our gift to the world," he explains. "They are not guarded secrets, they are markers on the road to life--the answers soaring across the open prairies of our lives on the winds of wisdom--helping us, perhaps helping you." --Gail Hudson

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