A spectacular tribute to the Lakota Nation and education center focused on the native American culture.

Location: Hours: (Welcome Center): Admission:
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730

GPS coordinates (+43.820279, -103.640092).

8 am – 5 pm $30.00 more than 2 people in car
$24.00 2 people in car
$12.00 Per person
$7.00 Per person on motorcycle
$7.00 Per person on bicycle
$7.00 Per person walking

Brule Lakota Henry Standing Bear was born near Pierre, South Dakota, along the Missouri River around 1874. In 1933 he heard that there were plans to build a monument to his cousin Crazy Horse at Fort Robinson where he had met his end. Standing Bear and the Lakota Sioux were determined that any such monument should be built in the Black Hill mountains of South Dakota which had a spiritual significance to his Nation. This led him on search to find someone with the skills and imagination to carve a sculpture out of a mountain, and he found such a person in the form of Korczak Ziolkowski. Work began on June 3rd 1948 and continues unto this day.

The monument is being carved out of Thunderhead Mountain, on land considered sacred by some Oglala Lakota, roughly 17 miles (27 km) from Mount Rushmore. The sculpture’s final dimensions are planned to be 641 feet (195 m) long and 563 feet (172 m) high. The arm of Crazy Horse will be 263 feet (80 m) long and the head 87 feet (27 m) high; by comparison, the heads of the four U.S. Presidents at Mount Rushmore are each 60 feet (18 m) high.

Today, the Crazy Horse Memorial is a campus that carries on the mission of Standing Bear, a man who believed in the power of education, to educate people through its museums and cultural programs. And of course there is the continued purpose of finishing the Crazy Horse Memorial, which today has completed the face of Crazy Horse and work is taking place on the outstretched hand. The work receives no funding from the State or Federal authorities and is totally supported from donations and the proceeds of visitors.

Tourists can tour the memorial, getting up close and personal with the statue, and in the summer months there are laser shows in the evenings.  With a but more planning you could be there for the bi-annual spectacular ceremonial blast that lights up the Mountain with incredible fireballs and specially designed pyrotechnical features.

The Indian Museum of North America houses a large collection of art and artifacts reflecting the diverse histories and cultures of over 300 Native Nations.  The Museum, designed to complement the story being told in stone on the Mountain, presents the lives of American Indians and preserves Native Culture for future generations.

 

 

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