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Ignacio White Eagle

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A memorial service will take place in February 2008 in Maui, Hawaii, for Ignacio Gregorio Rodriguez White Eagle, who died Oct. 9, 2007.

Ignacio was born Oct. 22, 1951, and was an enrolled Gros Ventre Native American Indian from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. He studied art in California at Hartnell Junior College, University of California, Berkeley, South Lake Tahoe Community College and Thomas Leighton Art Academy in San Francisco, Calif. He specialized in Native American portraits, usually in charcoal and water color.

Ignacio was the art instructor at Bijou Community School for five years, taught art at Diamond Valley Elementary School in Woodfords, Calif., and at the Washoe Indian Colony in Alpine County. He began his professional art career in the mid-1970s, and his extensive work of Native American portraits hang in private collections throughout the United States, Hawaii and England.

Ignacio shared his light in Lake Tahoe, Hawaii and Tuolumne, where he brightened everyone he met with spontaneous song, contagious laughter and a genuine heart. He will be immortalized by his distinctive and detailed rendering of Native American art. His paintings are remarkable for their depth and emotional impact. He will be missed, but in his own words, “He is now soaring on the wings of an Eagle.”

He is survived by his heart son, Mikey Ahumada; two brothers; three sisters; and many friends.

A support fund has been set up for Ignacio’s 11-year-old guardian son, Mikey Ahumada. To contribute toward Mikey’s care and education, contact any U.S. Band or send checks to U.S. Bank, 406 North Main Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 in care of account No. 2534-5369-7695.

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