Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Lakota Way of Strength of Courage: Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow by Joseph M. Marshall III



The Lakota Way of Strength of Courage: Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow by Joseph M. Marshall III  Sounds True




When I first heard of this book , the title caught my attention right away. With a great great great grandfather named Chief Walking Day from the Lakota tradition, this was definitely something about to learn more about.

Marshall tells story from his childhood and from further back in time that have been passed down and shared throughout the generations. Each of these stories can be tied back to a piece of the bow and arrow, the instruction on how to use it, or some piece of lore associated with hunting or the bow and arrow.

Some of the morals covered in these stories include: transformation, simplicity, strength, and resiliency.

These stories were told not only to teach a child how to use the bow and arrow, but how to grow into a responsible adult as well.

Marshall is an expert story teller, having been told these stories his whole life and then passing them on himself.

Even though there are not a whole lot of people left from the Lakota traditions, by writing down these stories and stories, Marshal has ensured that these stories will remain a part of history even if the unthinkable happens and we lose the Lakota nation all together.

Stories like these are one of the things missing from the world today.  Parents don’t take their children out and teach them a skill that includes many life lessons in it as well.  However, just because most parent’s don’t anymore doesn’t mean you have to be one of them.  Read this book, read Marshall’s stories and read about what the taught him and how they affected him.  You can always borrow these stories from the Lakota tradition or think back to life lesson stories you were taught when you were a kid and pass them on.  It’s not too late.  It’s only too lae when we stop all together.