About the Author

Joseph 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...

The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage

Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow

Joseph 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. 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.

Product details

Hardcover Book:
Contents Hardcover book (184 pages)
Date Published February 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-878-2
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-878-7
Dimensions 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Product Codes 1196, k1196, bk01196
Digital Book:
Contents eBook (184 pages)
Date Published February 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-747-6
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-747-6
Product Codes 1196w, k1196w, bk01196w

Customer Reviews

By Arthur R
Date Added: Friday 11 October 2013
I love Joseph M. Marshall III's books. I have several of his books and CDs. So inspiring!
By Wade W
Date Added: Wednesday 9 January 2013
As usual very good - this guy is an awesome communicator and story-teller. Great simplistic stuff in an all too complicated world!
By Deer Seeker
Date Added: Tuesday 7 February 2012
I have read every book that Joseph Marshall III has written and although I am not Native American in this lifetime, he is my Elder, my Grandfather,and truly my spiritual guide. Thank you, Joseph, for sharing your gifts with us!

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