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Publisher's Summary

The Lakota Way received the prestigious Audie Award, considered the "Oscar" award of the audiobook industry, in 2004 for the category of best inspirational audio.

The myth of Deer Woman teaches a lesson on respect. The legend of Crazy Horse illuminates a lesson on humility. And the story of Eagle brings home the importance of compassion. These stories from the heart of Lakota culture and its survival, and their meanings, still resonate deeply with our daily lives.

Rich with storytelling, history, folklore, and Marshall's own personal experiences, The Lakota Way expresses the heart of Native American philosophy and the 12 core qualities that are crucial to the Lakota way of living: bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom, respect, honor, perseverance, love, humility, sacrifice, truth, and compassion.

Compelling and profound, The Lakota Way gives a fresh outlook to those searching for a new perspective on spiritual and ethical living.

©2001 Joseph M. Marshall III; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Marshall beautifully imparts Lakota wisdom...he certainly knows how to weave a story. An inspiring guide for a wide audience." (Library Journal)

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You feel like you're at the camp

This is really a fascinating collection. The reader and author is an actual Lakota indian and historian, and the authenticity is both startling and refreshing. I really appreciated how you'll hear both the legends and the historical and philisophical meanings. I would have missed the meaning of a lot of the strange imagery and customs without that extra help.

You're not going to find vivid dramatizations or "Disney-fied" parables. Instead this is listening to a grandfather tell his grandfather's legends in a low and reverant voice. You'll feel like you're huddled around the campfire at the actual camp listening to this revered elder pass on these traditions. I haven't been so surprised and intrigued by a book on morals since Bill Bennet's "Book of Virtues". I'm going to have everyone in every generation of my family listen to this. I'd particularly recommend this to anyone taking a trip out west or a long ride with older children!


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  • Robert
  • Yamhill, OR, United States
  • 06-06-10

A book to read to our children

Some say that authors should not read their own books but I cannot think of anyone better suited to read a book by Joseph Marshall than the author. These are incredible stories that have come down through an oral tradition so how better to enjoy them than to listen. My first contact with Joseph Marshall was by way of his book on Crazy Horse; a very hard act to follow, I thought. Well, I could not more strongly recommend a book.

If anyone has any desire to learn about the heart and soul of our bother and sister Native Americans and what they have to teach all of us, this is a book to read.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Cedar Falls, IA, United States
  • 01-27-07

Calm Truths

Listen to this masterful storyteller bring the recent history of the Lakota people to life as you learn the fundamental individual attributes of an honorable and satisfying life. Hear the stories told by grandparents as they have been heard by children through time. Hear between the lines to learn the underlying values of the Lakota people. An excellent listen, again and again.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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so real

A wonderful piece of literature depicting the REAL heart and culture of the American Indian.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Franklin
  • CERES, CA, United States
  • 02-03-12

For all Lakota, this is a must

Would you listen to The Lakota Way again? Why?

I am Lakota and many of us have lost our way... This book really helped me to find the right path to travel and the values that we hold so dear.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No Mocassins for her Humility

Have you listened to any of Joseph M. Marshall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The first story of No Mocassins

Any additional comments?

I believe this story strikes home for those Lakota who wonder about our past and values. It is easy to get lost in American history and forget that it is written by our past enemy. We are not savages and heathens. We are people and we have values.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Welcome to the world of Selflessness

since young most of what we hear from the west is how to be rich, famous and powerful, and fulfil all your desires. but with these spiritual stories, you focus on others and their needs more than your self, selflessness is what really matters and gives meaning to life.
I loved the book and most of its stories,

Stories are best told by Elders, and the narrator who is the author himself, is very calm and slow, which gives the great feeling of hearing the story from the elders,
I feel like a baby listening to his grand parent telling the story, and makes me fly far away with my imagination.

Great work of Joseph Marshall

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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inspirational

so sad society does not follow these high standards. every pre-teen should read this--after the parents do!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A Friendly Educator

I am very impressed with the treatment Joseph M. Marshall gave to sharing elements of his cultural history. I've read a variety of Native American histories, and Marshall's rang true. He seems to see his reader as a friend--or at least a friendly student--who wants to learn. He refrains from beating to death the many painful lessons inherent in American-Native history: just presents them and says, "Here it is, take it and harbor it well." He doesn't seem to be overly concerned with weither I learn what he wants me to learn; merely that I learn. And that I did.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • EDGEWOOD, NM, United States
  • 02-09-11

Exceptional Listening

Joe Marshall is certainly a master storyteller. The author is able to let you feel as if the reader is there in the lodge among others listening to the great stories and legends as told by this honorable Grandfather, during those long cold winter nights. You are there; Joe allows your spirit to temporary sit among the Lakota’s. The legends, the stories and the teachings are all spoke with the enthusiasm and the signature of a true Lakota Grandfather. To learn the Lakota way will be your individual goal. I will be honored to pass this reading on to my grandchildren.

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I LOVED this audio book.

This collection of stories would be fine for older children to listen to as well. The author explains the values lessons behind each story with anecdotes. He explains what the story meant to him personally or how it is important to the Lakota people. I enjoyed learning about the Lakota philosophy and lifestyle (past and present) through this book. I definitely will look for other books by this author.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ellie
  • 04-08-15

Wisdom and more wisdom

In hindsight we can see the terrible loss to this world of the knowledge and wisdom of indigenous peoples. It is so important that books like this are written to capture and preserve that which we are in danger of losing. This book touched my heart and soul. I can not recommend highly enough.

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  • Sampy
  • 05-18-16

Like being read to by your favourite teacher!

Listened to this while I was decorating my house and in desperate need of inspiration. Lakota Folklore, a few modern tales & interesting historical events are woven together seamlessly. Plus Joseph Marshall has an amazingly resonant, calming voice! Took me right back to story time at school! My favourite time of day. Great for adults & older children too.

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  • Susu Bird
  • 09-11-17

Heart-Wisdom

Where does The Lakota Way rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my top favourite audiobooks

What about Joseph M. Marshall’s performance did you like?

The narrator's voice is soothing and leaves time for his words to penetrate

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book begins with a story about coping with bullying that is beautifully simple and full of wisdom. I look forward to sharing this story with some of the children I work with who struggle with bullying at school.

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  • tommyomm
  • 06-15-17

An incredible and inspiring listen.

Many life lessons with beautiful stories to compliment. Read with the soulful voice of the author himself. Thank you.

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  • Shakti
  • 03-23-17

i loved this

I am walking the red road u der the guidance of a lakota elder .. even though i am a white woman these stories and memories are deeply in my cells ... the authors voice was soothing and easy to follow, i cried on many occasions at the beauty of the stories and teachings within. what the white man has done to all indigenous of this planet breaks my heart. if you are interested in the lakota native american path of life and spirituality this is a must Mitakuye Oyasin

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  • Ronald
  • 11-28-16

Family

I was happy to reconnect with my roots & family through these stories. Thank you for sharing these stories and life experiences so I, and many others, can remember ourselves and the journey that brought us to the present moment.

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  • David
  • 05-28-15

Awesome

A great insight into a fascinating culture. Narration by the author was excellent. Highly recommend for anyone interested in Native American history and culture.