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The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living    by Joseph M. Marshall order for
Lakota Way
by Joseph M. Marshall
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Penguin, 2002 (2002)
* * *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

In The Lakota Way, Joseph M. Marshall weaves the twelve virtues that continue to be the 'foundation and moral sustenance of Lakota culture', including: Sacrifice, Truth, Compassion, Bravery, Generosity, and Wisdom. Marshall tells us that his maternal and paternal grandparents were his storytellers, sharing tales as applicable to present day living as in the past. 'Hearing those stories is like watching a movie over and over ... the storytellers believe all things are related ... each of us is a sum of all the experience we have had up to the present moment'.

Marshall reaches out and touches the reader with reflections, enchantment, and intricate messages. He says that Humility is the virtue which enhances all others. 'So it is told', in the story of 'No Moccasins', grandmother to all children in the village, an expert in quilling, but mainly known as the wife of a warrior. From his deathbed, Three Horns told her tale: 'A war party raided their camp, taking women prisoners. Three Rivers led a rescue party, freed the women, but became a prisoner himself. Refusing to believe that her spouse was dead, Carries the Fire rescued Three Rivers. To lay a false trail for the captors, who came after them, Carries the Fire set her moccasins by a creek ... Three Rivers gave her a new name 'No Moccasins', as befit her 'quiet courage' that became their greatest strength. He said ... She did a brave thing ... Yet she cared not if anyone ever knew. It is time that everyone knows. Thus I have spoken.'

Marshall writes of famed Lakota including Major General Lloyd Moses, a Sicangu Lakota in the United States Army in the 1960s, and the first of a small number of Native Americans to achieve flag rank. In the 1964 Olympics, Lieutenant Billy Mills (U.S. Marine Corps) of the Oglala Lakota won the U.S. Gold Medal in the ten-thousand-meter race. Dr. Ben Reifel was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1950s and 1960s, and later served as a consultant to the National Park Service. In the 1940s Depression, Marshall's grandfather Albert Two Hawk worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to support his family, walking eight miles to and from the job site each day. All these deeds were accomplished with Perseverance and Respect.

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