Author to share cultural insights

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Author Joseph Marshall III said that once we strip away the obvious differences, we are all the same.

Marshall is from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. He will make a presentation Wednesday that is part of the Alpine Enrichment Program. He will reflect on the values he learned from his parents and grandparents, he said.

Marshall will speak about his latest books, including, "Walking with Grandfather." "It is about how stories can be a reminder of the important lessons of the past -- what we learn growing up or anytime," Marshall said. "Stories can enhance and enrich people's experiences and life in general."

The book speaks to the wisdom of elders. It is a story about a woman who was lost in the prairie and was befriended by a family of wolves that took care of her during the winter. "They took her food, kept her safe and escorted her back to her people in the spring to a village nearby," Marshall said. "It dispels the myth of wolves being killers."

He hopes to create an awareness and appreciation of the meaning of stories in people's lives and our culture because it creates an awareness of our path, he said.

Marshall has done presentations all over the country about Native American culture, and he has acted in several movies and TV shows. He will be featured in the TV production of Larry McMurtry's "Comanche Moon" in November.

The discussion Wednesday will be about history, values and traditions of the past and how they relate to what's going on now, Marshall said. "Stories and everybody's path can be a lesson."

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