Joseph M. Marshall III is a teacher, historian, writer, storyteller, and a Lakota craftsman. He was born on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and raised in a traditional native household by his maternal grandparents. He has published nine nonfiction works including The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living and To You We Shall Return: Lessons About Our Planet from the Lakota, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, a children's book, and was contributing author in five other publications; and has written several screenplays. Several of his books have been published in French, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, German, Italian, Chinese, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Bulgarian.
The process of awakening is radically accelerated when we join our sincere hearts together, declare our intent to be of benefit to others, and invite transformation to occur in us and through us in whatever ways are needed. In this opening session of the 2014 Wake Up Festival, Sounds True founder Tami Simon will be joined by Lakota Sioux elder, Joseph Marshall III, and West African elder, Malidoma Somé, to help us clarify our true heart's intent and offer ourselves fully to the fire of transformation.
The Lakota people of the northern plains learned very early on that the key to survival was adaptation to the realities of the natural environment. To adapt meant to live with the earth as opposed to fighting against it or changing it to fit human needs (which may be the cause of global warming and other ills).
This presentation will teach how the Lakota identified the realities of their physical environment such as the land, weather, plants, seasonal cycles, and the other beings that inhabited it along with people. All of those realities became the core of spiritual beliefs, traditions, and customs, and even influenced how they prayed.
These realities still exist and this session will teach participants how to incorporate simple rituals to connect them to the earth—Grandmother Earth—and recognize and reaffirm its sacredness. This session will also teach that adaptation to and living with the earth now is the best hope for our children and grandchildren.
Sounds True founder Tami Simon will be joined by ritual leaders Malidoma Somé and Joseph Marshall III to lead us in a closing ceremony for the Wake Up Festival. As part of this final session, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their Festival experience, share with each other their most important "take-aways," and in closing, join together as one voice, sending the energy of themselves and the Festival out into the world.