Special Programs


Special Programs
Crazy Horse Memorial is open year round, but summer activities are especially robust!

June 6 - July 31st: Children's activities on the porch of the Native American Educational and Cultural Center. Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday at 10:00 AM, Noon, and 2:00 PM.

May 27 - September 5th: Special performances on the Viewing Deck each day at 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 5:30 PM

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May 5 - September: Visitors to Crazy Horse Memorial have a special opportunity to meet Native American artists and lecturers in-person. Native American artists sell their creations (jewelry, paintings, pottery, books, etc.) at tables throughout our Welcome Center and Native American Educational and Cultural Center, now through early October. In addition, we have three programs for artists who are here for a shorter period of time.

Artists in Residence

Six artists have a one-month residency, to market and sell their art, from May through October, to over one million visitors each year. This residency provides time for the artist to connect to our many visitors.

May 1 thru 31 Valerie Janis: Bay Mills Indian Community, South Dakota

June 16 thru 30 Lorri-Ann Two Bulls and Molina Parker: Oglala Lakota, South Dakota

July 1 thru 31 Wade Patton: Oglala Lakota, South Dakota

August 1 thru 31 Arthur Short Bull: Oglala Lakota, Colorado

September 1 thru 30 Ardis McRae: Lower Brule Lakota, South Dakota

October 1 thru 31 Open

Summer Lecture Series

Native Artists, historians, cultural bearers and/or performers have the opportunity to share their knowledge and skill with visitors through one-hour lectures or performances. Each Thursday evening from June — August, this program provides an educational opportunity for visitors to leam and interact with the professional.

June 2 Colleen Cutschall: Oglala-Sicangu Lakota, South Dakota/Canada
June 9 Youth Dance Group:Pojaque Pueblo, New Mexico
June 16 Roger Broer: Oglala Lakota, South Dakota
June 23 Donald Montileaux: Oglala Lakota, South Dakota
June 30 Clementine Bordeaux: Rosebud Lakota, California
July 7 Kevin Locke: Hunkpapa Lakota, South Dakota
July 14 Emil Her Many Horses: Oglala Lakota, Washington D.C.
July 21 Dr. Craig Howe: Oglala Lakota, South Dakota
July 28 Jennifer White: Three Affiliated Tribes, South Dakota
August 4 Smoke Dancers: Iroquois Confederacy, New York
August 11 Gus & Tiana Yellow Hair: Northern Cheyenne/Oglala Lakota, South Dakota
August 18 Open
August 25 Zuni Maidens

One Person Show

Each of twelve artists has a one-month exhibition to market and sell their art from January through December. The exhibits, which often include explanations and/or descriptions provided by the artists, are on display in the Welcome Center.

May Terra Houska: Oglala Lakota, South Dakota
June Roger Broer: Oglala Lakota, South Dakota
July Lauren Good Day Giago: Three Affiliated Tribes, South Dakota
August Gwen Westerman (tentative): Minnesota
September Denise Lajimodiere: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, North Dakota
October Angela Bobby: Oglala Lakota, Montana

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  • “No one is ever wrong who desires to do that which is not required of them to do — and that which is of a noble purpose. The purpose of Crazy Horse is noble.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes also.”
    Chief Henry Standing Bear
  • “When the legends die, the dreams end. When the dreams end, there is no more greatness.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “The Important thing is that we never stop. That’s the main thing. And if you looked at it as strictly a view of being finished, you could get awfully distracted waiting for that day to come. This way, you’re pleased with every little step of progress that you make.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give back to the Indian some of his pride and create a means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwile.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “He left everything so we can carry on his work, and that’s just what we’re going to do. We’re dedicated to that. His whole life would be wasted if the mountain carving and the humanitarian goals are not completed.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “If it weren’t for each and every one you, whether your gift was small or large monetarily, whether it was friendship and encouragement, without you we wouldn’t be here…”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “Standing Bear explained that the Indian has a concept of honoring their great heroes that’s totally different from the white man’s. It was difficult for me to understand at first…The Indian uses the direct approach. He says: that man was my ancestor, and he was a great man, so we should honor him-I would not lie or cheat because I am his blood”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor

Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900

(605) 673-4681

Email: memorial@crazyhorse.org

Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Weekend
    May 25-28

    Memorial Weekend <br />May 26-29,<br /> 2017
    Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.
  • Legends in Light
    May 25-Sep 30

    Legends in Light<br /> May 26-Oct 1<br />
    This spectacular light show tells the story of the Memorial in laser lights projected onto the Mountain. You will be treated to the story of Chief Henry Standing Bear’s invitation to Korczak, Ruth’s contributions and special features of many Native American heroes. This must see show is featured nightly at dark, for sun down times click here: http://www.calendar-updates.com/sun.asp
  • Native Americans’Day
    Oct 8

    Native Americans’ Day  Oct 10, 2016
    Governor George S. Mickelson and the SD legislature declared 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation”, the day formerly known as Columbus Day became Native American Day. Native American Day at Crazy Horse Memorial is celebrated by planned activities for kids, program and performers, Educator of the Year is awarded and (weather permitting) a mountain blast. Admission is waved to the Memorial with 3 cans of food per person.