We are thrilled and honored to announce that our special guest teacher and elder for the Black Hills Summer Arts Academy is acclaimed Lakota author, teacher, artist and historian Joseph Marshall III.
Joseph Marshall III was born on the Rosebud Indian reservation in SD. Raised in a traditional household, his first language was Lakota and he was trained in the ancient tradition of oral storytelling. He is one of the founding members of Sinte Gleska University and has spent years teaching university and high school students. He has developed curricula in Lakota Language and Native American Studies and developed a leadership seminar based on the leadership lessons of Crazy Horse
Joseph is most well known as an award winning writer. He has published fourteen nonfiction works, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, two children’s books, several screenplays, and was contributing author in five other publications. His work has been translated into numerous foreign languages and he has traveled across the US and abroad as a speaker and lecturer.
Joseph has worked in the film and television industry both as an actor and narrator. He has also worked behind the scenes, as a consultant and technical advisor, and is a Fellow in the Sundance Institute. Josephs is also a practitioner of primitive Lakota archery, having learned from his maternal grandfather the art of hand-crafting bows and arrows, and is a specialist in wilderness survival.
We are thrilled beyond measure to be able to share this living treasure with the youth!