Every year in mid-June, Crazy Horse Memorial celebrates the arts and crafts that are melding Native American cultures and the New West.
The result is the three-day “Gift from Mother Earth Celebration.” Exhibitors, the makers of custom-made clothing, jewelry and other items for sale, fill much of the visitor complex. The booths open at 8 a.m. all three days.
There also is an art show and contest with several categories. In some years, there is a Native American Fashion Show that unveils wearable art. And there are demonstrations of American Indian songs and dance.
The celebration includes the Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo at the Memorial’s outdoor arena. The three-day competition is something of a rarity as one of the few rodeos featuring Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association competitions.