Performed by John Around Him
Translated by Albert White Hat, Sr.
Albert White Hat, Sr. (1938-2013) was a Sicangu (Rosebud) Lakota educator, author, linguist, tribal and spiritual leader, and respected elder. His Lakota name, Natan Tokahe, means "The First One to Charge." His grandfather was Chief Hollow Horn Bear, a Lakota war leader and later a negotiator for native rights. A respected tribal leader himself, Albert White Hat, Sr.’s awards included the 2007 Governor's Award in South Dakota. Specifically, he received the Living Indian Treasure Award “for his many contributions to Native American art forms. White Hat, who has been honored by the designation of traditional Chief by the Sicangu (Rosebud) Lakota people…continues to promote education and awareness for his people in the 21st century while maintaining a traditional way of life.” Other awards include the Gamahiel Chair for Peace and Justice in 1987, the Outstanding Indian Educator Award in 1995, and the National Indian Education Association's Indian Elder of the Year in 2001. He also served on a number of tribal councils over the years. LINK Albert White Hat, Sr. LINK Lakota Lodge Songs 1/16