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Returning to the Lakota Way: Old Values to Save a Modern World [Paperback]

Joseph M. Marshall III
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4 Nov 2013

In Returning to the Lakota Way, prolific author Joseph Marshall presents the follow-up to his highly regarded book The Lakota Way. Using beautiful storytelling to relay traditional tales passed down through the generations, Marshall once again takes the reader on a journey of growth and inspiration. Each chapter presents one story that exemplifies a quality or way of life that will encourage in readers a sense of inner peace amidst the busyness of modern life.

From the hunting adventures of the raven and the wolf, we see the importance of tolerance; the lessons of the grasshopper impart the wisdom of patience; and the experiences of a young man named Walks Alone teach us about silence and turning within. Speaking to these and other universal qualities, such as faith and selflessness, Marshall gives readers insight into their own lives using tales from the past interspersed with stories from his own life growing up on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In him, we see a clear example of the wisdom of history enhancing the state of the current world. This magnificent work will give readers an insider's view of the Lakota people while providing universal lessons to enrich life.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (4 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1848504365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848504363
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe. Because he was raised in a traditional Lakota household by his maternal grandparents, his first language is Lakota. In that environment he also learned the ancient tradition of oral storytelling. Marshall is an author with nine non-fiction works, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays and several screenplays to his credit. He is also a speaker and lecturer, having appeared throughout the United States and in countries such as France, Sweden and Siberia. Marshall has also appeared in television documentaries, served as technical advisor for movies, and served as the narrator for the six-part mini-series Into the West, as well as playing the on-screen role of 'Loved by the Buffalo', a Lakota medicine man.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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really enjoying the book ...lot to be said for the old ways
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"Returning to the Lakota Way" is a continuation of his earlier book "The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living." This book works well as a standalone book however after reading it I realized that I do want to read the previous to see what I have missed.

This book is definitely a keeper. Joseph M. Marshall III is an elegant writer and easy to follow in his train of thought.

The subtitle of this book is "Old Values to Save a Modern world."By the telling of stories that reflect Lakota values that the author gained while living on a reservation, we are able to adapt this information to our way of life hence "Old Values to Save a Modern world."

I am reframing from transliterating the stories as you will want to read them first hand.

On Behalf of the Wolf and the First Peoples
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living a good life 23 Oct 2013
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I was amazed at the way this book captured me. Divided into eight major chapters, each presents a Lakota tale or myth. It tells the character illustrated, in English and Lakota. Then the author presents a story from his youth that demonstrates the trait. The qualities covered are: silence, tolerance or acceptance, faith, selflessness, patience, knowledge, peace, and wisdom. (Make no mistake, knowledge and wisdom are not the same.) Most touching was the epilogue which recounts the tale of a wise old medicine man and which brought tears to my eyes. This book indeed presents a series of old values that are not only useful but necessary to save the modern world. This is a book I would normally read, but I couldn't put it down. It touched me deeply.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Values Can Be Refound 13 Jan 2014
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RETURNING TO THE LAKOTA WAY is a philosophical book, and in each of 8 chapters, plus an epilogue, Joseph Marshall III gives us a story. For 8 of those stories Joseph adds his own thoughts, easing our way through the twisting tales so that we can understand the many layered nuances.

[For the epilogue we are left to consider the wise words at the very end. Words which, in a way, sum of what all of the wealth of ideas we've been gathering.]

Chapter 1, for example, is on the value of Silence. The story is about Walks Alone and Grey Grass. The tale meanders and wanders in a less than straight path, but in the end I was left with an appreciation of the power of silence and the role it played for the story's original audience.

The author however didn't abandon me at that point with my cursory conclusions, but instead he expanded upon the theme so that I had more to consider. Referring to his own childhood he explained how real people used silence, and shared silence. How silence and gentleness can hide true strength. How silence can help us still ourselves, and how it allows introspection. These notions are present in other religions and philosophies, of course, but Mr. Marshall has a way of communicating them which is, I think, quite unique.

There are other aspects of the study of Silence that this chapter includes, but I hope you get the idea from what I written that there are layers of possible understanding in this book.

RETURNING TO THE LAKOTA WAY is not a book I would suggest anyone anticipate reading from beginning to end without stopping. In my opinion a race like that would leave the reader missing most of the best points. The approach I took was to read two chapters a week. I'd read the story and analysis and then go back to it for a couple days-- before moving on to the next story and lesson.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the life lessons and virtures taught in the lakota legends by Joseph Marshall. 23 Jan 2014
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Jospeh Marshall gaves many points to ponder of traditional values we all need to remember, as he tells tales learned from his grandparents and uses retrospection of his life to balance out the stories. He brings to life Native American Tales that help teach simple life lessons like being different and working together for the common good as in The Wolf and The Raven.

It is not just the Lakota Way. It is the way all should try be, kind, patient, selfless, taking care of ones self, and just stop and semll the roses. Many values people have forgotten in the rushed , pace world of today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and beautiful stories 29 Jan 2014
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These are tales that tell traditions and of people of the Lakota, stories that might be told around a fireplace, handed down. These tales instruct new generations how to behave through the art of storytelling.

I found them beautiful and haunting. After the first couple of stories though, I found myself skipping to the next chapter instead of having the author then tell me what it meant to him, and how it related to his life. His explanation often left little to the interpretation, or little left to how the reader experienced the story.

For instance, there was a beautiful story about a raven and a wolf talking about an idea to come together to help each other in hunting. All the other animals made fun of them, of course. But they worked out a deal, for the raven to find the prey for the hunt and to fly circles around it to point the wolf and his family in the right direction. Then they shared the food.

It is a beautiful story, well told. But then the author starts writing about how the story is about tolerance. I thought it was about cooperation and fellowship and about living together in a society in which every one plays a part and all are needed. Yes, I know he’s a Lakota and I’m not but it is what you bring to a story that teaches you what you find in it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air! 20 Oct 2013
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Returning to the Lakota Way by Joseph M. Marshall III was a true breath of fresh air! I finished this book over a weekend, as it was an easy and enjoyable read. Joseph Marshall grew up on a Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota in the 1950's. He lived with his grandparents and did not have running water or electricity. There are a great many lessons to be learned from this book and it is in no way preachy to anyone, just some good advice and stories. The author speaks with great love, admiration and respect for his Grandparents. He shares stories about what life was like living on the reservation back in the 1950's and makes the comparison to how things are today. He speaks about virtues such as patience, tolerance and kindness, and how these lessons were taught to him and how he witnessed these traits in his family and others in the community. Although the author speaks with fondness about his life with his grandparents, it was sad to hear him speak about the racism he encountered and witnessed as a child. Joseph Marshall is a great story teller and anyone would enjoy reading the stories he tells and although it doesn't go into every detail of the Lakota life and the reservation, it gives you a pretty well rounded insight into the Lakotas and their wisdom and courage. This book would be great for anyone interested in Native American culture and how much great wisdom it teaches.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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