Joseph M. Marshall III
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Joseph M. Marshall III (b. ca. 1946) is a Brulé Lakota historian, writer, teacher, craftsman, administrator, and public speaker.
Marshall was born on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His first language is Lakota. He can craft a Lakota bow in the traditional style. He helped found Rosebud Comprehensive Health Care Facility. He was on the founding board of the tribal college, Sinte Gleska University, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Joseph is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Joseph grew up in Horse Creek Community near White River (Maka Izita Wakpa, Smoking Earth River) on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He worked as an English teacher at Todd County High School in Mission, South Dakota.
Joseph Marshall III has several notable television connections and appearances. He appeared in several episodes of The Real West as well as the mini-series Return to Lonesome Dove. His most recent role was playing the eldest Loved by the Buffalo in the Turner Network Television mini-series Into the West.
Marshall writes mainly historical fiction about events in Lakota history. His work has been criticized as lacking literary complexity and relying too heavily on oral tradition, but it is also praised for its intimate presentation of Lakota culture.
Here is some of his works: Keep Going, Soldiers Falling into Camp: The Battles at the Rosebud and the Little Big Horn (with Robert Kammen and Frederick Lefthand), Winter of the Holy Iron, On Behalf of the Wolf and the First Peoples, The Dance House: Stories from Redbud, The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living, The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History, How Not to Catch Fish: And Other Adventures of Iktomi, Walking with Grandfather: The Wisdom of Lakota Elders, and The Power of Four: Leadership Lessons of Crazy Horse.
In 2008, his book, The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn won the PEN/Beyond Margins Arts.
- Soldiers Falling into Camp: The Battles at the Rosebud and the Little Big Horn (1992) (Co-Author)
- Winter of the Holy Iron (1994)
- On Behalf of the Wolf and the First Peoples (1995)
- The Dance House: Stories from Rosebud (1998)
- The Lakota Way: Stories & Lessons for Living (2002)
- The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History (2004)
- Walking with Grandfather: The Wisdom of Lakota Elders (2005)
- Keep Going - The Art of Perseverance (2006)
- Kratzert 1998
- "Joseph M. Marshall III: The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn." PEN American Center. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Kratzert, Mona. "Native American Literature: Expanding the Canon", Collection Building Vol. 17, 1, 1998, p. 4