I think that Joseph Marshall III means that the stories give a better perspective to the Lakota culture. I think that the stories, that elders tell younger generations is like history in our culture but with the Lakota stories they mention their defeats, their triumphs, and their growth. What Joseph also means is that non-Lakota people maybe wonder and ask what their culture values and the stories the present to us have a better explanation to their customs, values and tradition better than pictures.
Stories and storytelling are such a big impact on the indigenous people because they have learned from their elders and it is a tradition to keep repeating these stories. Also, having a book is a good idea to keep the stories in them and just read it to the younger generations. But I think that when telling a stories, you can show a little more expression than read it out of a book. Another thing that is such an impact, is that it is a type of bonding between the elders and the younger generations. Some people are really good storytellers and they are so compassionate about the story especially if it is about your culture because it is apart of you no matter where you stand.
My understanding of Mitakuye Oyasin, is that even though every one has a “household” family and blood relative family, every one is considered to related in some way or from. This can also have the meaning that everyone is accepted into the group, that no one is let out for no reason. Also, it kind of has the same meaning like in church we are all consider “children of God” no matter what we are, who we are, where we come from and so on. The Plains Indians concept of warfare was