• The Lakota Way

  • Stories and Lessons for Living
  • By: Joseph M. Marshall
  • Narrated by: Joseph M. Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 22-03-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (37 ratings)


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
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Ellie on 08-04-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Sampy on 18-05-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Cathy Dopp on 29-03-06

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 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.

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