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...

Living the Lakota Way

Learning from the Land, the Spirits, and Our Ancestors

Joseph Marshall III

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An Invitation to Share the Inheritance of Lakota Wisdom

We are all indigenous to the planet Earth—and that is why each of us can benefit from indigenous wisdom. Throughout their history, the Lakota people developed many enduring insights and practices for achieving harmony with all the forces in our life—including the land, the spirits, our community, and ourselves. On Living the Lakota Way, Joseph M. Marshall explores how you can apply the core principles of Lakota wisdom to your own life, no matter who you are or where you come from.

Lessons for Living with Simplicity, Courage, and Purpose

Through his gifts as a storyteller, Joseph Marshall brings Lakota history and lore to life with his words. With each piece of Lakota tradition he shares, Joseph offers a special focus on the aspects that are most valuable and relevant to us today in our own lives. How do we choose the heroes that we honor? Where do we find the strength to make it through challenging times? How do we relate to the earth, to our ancestors, and to the profound mystery of the spirit world? The Lakota tradition, as Joseph Marshall imparts it, can provide us with much-needed guidance for finding answers to the essential questions of our lives.

The Lakota people begin prayers with words that mean “All My Relatives,” addressing the people, animals, elements, and spirits as being all part of a single great family. It is in this spirit of kinship that Joseph M. Marshall offers the greatest treasure of his people—the wisdom of Lakota traditions, philosophy, and stories. Living the Lakota Way is an invitation in friendship to share an inheritance that arose from one people but was meant to enrich us all.


  • Honoring our ancestors—how knowing the story of where we came from helps us define who we are
  • Ceremonies and rituals—Joseph explores the meaning of these important traditions and how they can inform our own spiritual practice
  • Who are your heroes? The Lakota perspective on honoring the full story of those we choose to admire
  • Prayer and the spirit world—how we relate to the unseen aspects of reality and the mystery of the divine
  • Healing—guidance from the Lakota tradition on the role of healers, belief, and community
  • The heartbeat of Grandmother Earth—how we can reconnect to the source of all life

Product details

Contents 6 CDs (6 hours, 17 minutes)
Date Published June 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-713-1
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-713-1
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Codes 2433d, f2433d, af02433d
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Contents Audio download (6 hours, 17 minutes)
Date Published June 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-824-3
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-824-4
Product Codes 2433w, f2433w, af02433w

Customer Reviews

By Vivianne
Date Added: Saturday 3 May 2014
I am so happy I purchased this. The author speaks as if you were with him at a kitchen table. Very simply, very humbly. Sometimes you wonder where he is going with what he says, but then you find yourself with almost tears in your eyes, but at the same time very uplifted and inspired. Everything he says, though it applies to the Lakota, can be applied to anyone's life. I did not know much about Native Americans before I purchased this recording and at first had wondered how much I would be learning considering how much Native Americans have been forced to lose of their culture over the years, but I learned a lot. The author has integrity. He acknowledges when he does not know and he shares what he knows, or the meaning of experiences that his ancestors or family members went through. I highly recommend this recording. You will not regret it. Certain parts of this recording of course broke my heart, what the Native Americans Lakota went through, and how they suffered but even those parts are told in a manner that is factual, of course difficult, but not depressing, The author just has the right narrative tone. You can see the tragedies but you can also see the triumph of the human spirit and you cannot help but being inspired by the example of the Lakota and wanting to apply it in your own life. I did listen to this recording very attentively though. Not doing anything else. Just laying down and listening. Maybe this is another reason why I got so much out of it. Very deep, very deep. The impact of this recording will carry in your own life.
By Sandy P
Date Added: Wednesday 9 April 2014
Joseph Marshall III explain the Lakota Way in a simple way that makes perfect sense. It gives me a whole new understanding of the respect for Mother Earth that we all should have.
By Kelli
Date Added: Monday 17 March 2014
I totally love it!!! Highly recommend this!
By Victor P
Date Added: Wednesday 22 August 2012
The CD set is excellent. I am enjoying and learning.

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