Mountain Update November 28, 2016

Good News! This #MountainMonday is part of the highly requested “Meet the Crew Series” in which we would like to introduce you to a Member of the Crazy Horse Mountain Crew. This time, we go a bit behind the scenes so you can get to know the Mountain Welder/Fabricator and Mechanic, Evan B. 
Evan has been working at Crazy Horse Memorial for 32 years. He started out as a welder, but his job has grown into a great deal more. Aside from some general upkeep done by other Crew Members, Evan is the primary individual responsible for the maintenance and repair on all of the Mountain Crew’s equipment, from changing oil to replacing bulldozer tracks, from hand drills to the Manitou 3255. He is also an extremely skilled welder who repairs and creates equipment to increase the productivity of the crew. Evan is the man behind the renowned three-sided rock hauling attachment for the Manitou, the “EVcavator”, and its sequel. In addition, when the snow falls, Evan is one of the first Crew Members onsite plowing and sanding Mountain access and other roads on Memorial property. 
Evan is a mild-mannered man that takes it all in stride. He takes on each project with wisdom, determination and patience. In fact, the thing he enjoys the most about his work is the variety, expressing “It’s always something different you know. If you do anything…one thing…for too long, it gets boring.”
Evan wasn’t sure what to share with the world about his job, but said he would offer a suggestion explaining “I would give advice to youngsters as far as learn how to fix something… learn how to fix a toilet, learn how to change a tire, learn how to check the oil.” Evan stressed the importance of being capable of doing such things. 
In his spare time Evan enjoys hunting, camping and spending time on a pontoon boat. He also plays on a local Volleyball team. Lastly he stated in a this-should-go-without-saying manner that he adores his family, including eight grandkids, and any time he is able to spend with them.

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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


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:
  • 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.