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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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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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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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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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Many life lessons with beautiful stories to compliment. Read with the soulful voice of the author himself. Thank you.
I am walking the red road u der the guidance of a lakota elder .. even though i am a white woman these stories and memories are deeply in my cells ... the authors voice was soothing and easy to follow, i cried on many occasions at the beauty of the stories and teachings within. what the white man has done to all indigenous of this planet breaks my heart. if you are interested in the lakota native american path of life and spirituality this is a must Mitakuye Oyasin