Free programs to feature artist, musician-dancer, drum group
At 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Roger Broer of Hill City will discuss and demonstrate his award-winning artistic work.
An Oglala Lakota, this artist specializes in modified monotype painting, applying oil paints to sheets of acrylic plastic. He also works in mixed media, drawing and sculpture, a combination that has earned awards at the Northern Plains Tribal Arts and Northern Plains Indian Market, the Tesoro Indian Market and the Red Cloud Show.
Featured at 50 one-man displays and at more than 150 group shows, his artwork is in public collections from Seattle to Paris. For details, see www.rogerbroer.com.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, Art Red Horse, a member of the Diné – the Navajo Nation – from Arizona, will perform an original flute composition and demonstrate his interpretation of prairie style grass dancing. He has previously been a featured cultural education presenter at Crazy Horse, including the Native Americans’ Day program.
He attended South Dakota State University and taught high school art classes in Arizona before returning to South Dakota six years ago. In addition to performing traditional Native American music and powwow dancing, Red Horse is a painter and illustrates in charcoal and graphite. Some of his artwork is available at the Crazy Horse Memorial gift shop.
The 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, program features the Standing Horse Singers drum and dance group from Rapid City. The Standing Horse members won the 2007-2008 Powwow Idol contest involving Native American drum groups from the United States and Canada. The group also became powwow circuit ambassadors for Native American Natural Foods, makers of the buffalo meat and cranberry Tanka Bar.
The singers attribute their success to teachings of their grandparents and other relatives. Standing Horse members have Dakota, Lakota and Omaha (Umo’nhon) heritage and say they hope their performances encourage young Natives to get excited about and involved with their cultures and traditions.
The Memorial’s weekly summer programs will continue through August 29. Admission to the Crazy Horse weekly summer series is free with three cans of food per person or a monetary gift for the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive. Audience members also may tour the Memorial’s museum and Native American Cultural Education Center and stay for the evening “Legends in Light” laser-light presentation.
Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to honoring the heritage and living cultures of the North American Indian people, is located on U.S. Highway 16/385 between Hill City and Custer. For information, call 605-673-4681, email email@example.com or visit www.crazyhorsememorial.org.