THE NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER® provides a number of unique educational opportunities geared to enhance the visitors' experience at Crazy Horse. One-of-a-kind exhibits are displayed, Native American Artists in Residence are showcased, and special activities and games are featured. The distinctive stone building was completed in 1996 with rock blasted from the Crazy Horse Mountain Carving.
The Center hosts and encourages many hands-on activities with staff and Artists in Residence providing instruction in American Indian history and culture through storytelling, flute playing, song and dance. Native American artists throughout North America spend much of the summer in residence at Crazy Horse to create, share, and sell their work while interacting with visitors, which provides a valuable cultural exchange.
The lower level houses a display of a large collection of Edward S. Curtis photographs of the American West and the Native American peoples, taken around the end of the 19th century. This extraordinary collection of historic and culturally significant photographs was donated by Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation board member William Turner and family of Florida. As part of THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®, the Cultural Center building is also the home of many museum exhibits.
One wall of the lower level of the Cultural Center is a natural granite and quartz ridge housing the Exhibit of the American Bison. The story begins with the history of the bison in North America from its prehistoric beginnings to its near extinction, the exploits of western figures who helped save the remaining bison at the end of the 1800s, to the cultural significance of the buffalo to tribes across the country. Don't miss this beautiful exhibit when visiting THE NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER® at Crazy Horse Memorial®.