I remember Albert touring the Art Department at UW-Eau Claire and simply absorbing the spirit of the place. His ability to be present in the moment of any conversation, event, or presentation blessed us all -- I am thankful for time with him.
"Wolakota to all our relatives, and to us two-legged becoming human beings, let us have a covenant of peace and friendship without greed for power or using the sacred manner of presencing wolakota as religion. Albert's bottom line, we are human and wonderful. Albert blessed my path in November 2007 declaring the wonder of Maka Si Tomni, trusting the surrounding universe in not knowing, a new dimension in living in realization. Heart felt prayers over the past year spirit keeping his presence is the beginning of a future legacy to a wonderful Lakota elder. The Lakota Nation is the best kept secret."
I met Albert White Hat at a retreat in Waco TX that was cut short by the events of 9/11. He was warm and kind to this curious white woman and shared his culture generously, with a deeply centered wisdom and a hilarious sense of humor. I will never hear a better bear joke! My prayer is that his work will be taken up by a heart as deep and capable. My heart goes to all who will miss him in this world.
I visited Lakota Studies at Sinte Gleska University several years ago and met Mr. White Hat. He has done magnificent work to preserve the Lakota language. He will be missed.
In memory of a great man..may your light ever shine...
He was truly a great man and saved America's voice for the land, the sky , the sun.His spirit is always with Us Soar great Eagle .
Dear Family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure to meet Albert on the Rosebud when he was a speaker for the Tree of Life Ministry. He was truly an inspiration.
Ms. Robbi Hartsock
It was my pleasure to experience a journey across the reservation with Mr. White Hat as our guide, and to meet him again years later while on another tour. May his knowledge and teachings be carried on! What an impressive man he was, I'm so pleased that I met him.
I only met Mr. White Hat once, a few years ago, at the University. This gentle man left a life-long impression on me. I'm sure he is misses by so many who knew him well and by others, like me, who barely knew him. I only wish I could have spent more time learning from him.
Eileen Bertsch, Department of Tourism, Pierre
The native words have nuances of meaning. Please learn this to keep those spirits active in your lives. You are showing appreciation for your parents and ancestors, their traditions, and their sacrifices for you.
We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, and that there is no separation, only in the mind.
Ta?yá? iští?ma yo/ye / po/pe
A great educator has gone from us. He will be missed greatly. My condolences to the family. May he now RIP...........
I wish to express my sincere sympathy to the family. May the memories you shared bring lasting comfort to you. And remember that God is always near to those broken at heart.
To the young Lakota, please memorialize Mr. White Hat by learning your native language. We non-Native Americans don't want this part of your culture to die. I honor this great man.
MY SORROW AT THE PASSING OF MR. WHITE HAT IS INDESCRIBABLE. I AM NOT NATIVE AMERICAN; HOWEVER, I TRAINED ON THE ROSEBUD RESERVATION FOR PART OF MY MEDICAL TRAINING, AND CAME TO LOVE AND RESPECT THEIR CULTURE. I PRAY SOME YOUNGER LAKOTANS COME ALONG TO KEEP HIS LEGACY ALIVE!
Mr. White Hat showed what is best about humanity, and even meeting him briefly at the Gathering of Healers was a vital experience.
A great teacher has left this plane with his passing. Thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr. White Hat...
I met Mr. White Hat on several occasions at conferences and events. He was always gracious, kind, and patient, with a deeply held love for Indian people. He will be missed.
I know he will be missed by all who knew him or read his books. He was an inspiration as well as a purposeful man. I hope his legacy lives on.
I had the most profound opportunity to attend a Sundance Ceremony at the Rosebud Reservation in 1991. I will remember it til the day I too pass from this earth. God bless Mr. White Hats family and the Lacota Nation and its quest to continue his work. May he rest in peace with his forefathers.
Your God has blessed us here on Earth with your presence,may He welcome you in Peace in the Heavens.Comfort to your loved ones!
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
My deepest sympathy for the lost of Mr. White Hat.May God's word provide you comfort during this time of sorry,All are living to God LUKE 20:37,38.
May you be comforted by the wonderful memories of your loved one.