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Cultural Programs Opportunities
The application process for Native American artists, performers, and culture bearers looking for opportunities to exhibit, enhance, or share their artistic talents and cultural knowledge is closed for the 2021 season. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions for future season.
Upcoming Special Performances
Special Performances on Special Dates at 6:30
- August 7, 2021 - Brule (More Information)
- September 6, 2021 - Tau Dance Theater
- September 25, 2021 - Shelly Morningsong
- October 11, 2021 - Jonah LittleSunday (Performance at 1:30)
Daily Cultural Performances
May 22 through September 29, 2021 at 11:30, 1:30 and 4:30
Experience a cultural performace on our veranda. Performance will be moved to the covered porch area if weather is a concern.
Mahkoche Kin: The Land
Every Fourth Friday: May 28th, June 25th, July 23rd, and August 27th at 10:00 and 2:00
Hosted by our Museum Team and lead by culture bearer, artist, performer, and Oglala Lakota College Faculty Member, Darrell Red Cloud, the program will teach visitors about the history and the importance of this land we call the Black Hills.
Attendees will have the chance to get “just a little off the beaten path,” see the Crazy Horse Memorial® through a Native perspective, and leave enriched by the cultural knowledge of this land held by the Lakota people.
This program consists of a short and easy to moderate One Hour outdoor walk, with three ‘stops’ or stations along the route for educational presentations and immersive activities lead by Darrell Red Cloud and Museum Staff. This program is outdoors, and while it is on rough terrain is not a traditional hike, but will consist of some mildly strenuous, uneven terrain path.
Sign-ups for these programs will happen the DAY OF each program so be sure and visit Crazy Horse Memorial® those days to take part. Spots are limited, so be sure to visit that day to get your spot.
Talking Circle Speaker Series
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm from June 3, 2021 through August 5, 2021
Native artists, performers, and culture bearers share their knowledge and skill with visitors to the Memorial by offering a presentation about current cultural issues, traditions, and living heritage of North American Indians.
- July 29, 2021 - Dakota Daughters - Wounded Knee - Three Women, Three Stories, Three Cultures
- August 5, 2021 - TBA
Living Treasures Indian Arts Cultural Exchange
- Aug. 1 - Aug. 7, Arthur Short Bull, Print Work & Painting
- Sept. 5 - Sept.11, Christopher Lightning, Painting
- Oct. 3 - Oct.9, Tracy Harrison, Dream Catcher Weaving
Native artists showcase their artwork for sale to visitors of the Memorial. Artists will share their culture through daily one-hour workshops during each week-long event. The medium of artwork may include basket weaving, fiber weaving, ethnobotany, quill and beadwork, jewelry and silversmithing, ledger art, hide painting, leatherwork, pottery, carving, and sculpture.
Artist in Residence
May through September
Artists, musicians, writers, or culture bearers will work on their projects and goals for their art during a one-month Artist in Residence. The Artist in Residence will share their experience with the public by demonstration, discussion, workshops, lecture, or other means on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm in THE NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER® (NAECC) from May through September. Artists will also market and sell their art.
Artist in Residence Schedule for 2021:
- July - Robert Martinez, Airbrush, Oils
- August - To Be Announced
- September - Avis Charley, Ledger Art
Nightly May 28, 2021 through September 30, 2021
Legends in Light® the Crazy Horse Memorial® multimedia laser-light show is presented nightly, at dark, in season (weather permitting). The laser-light show effectively uses the Mountainside as a giant 500-foot “screen” for the spectacular display.
September 6th - Crazy Horse Memorial Announces Change in Activities for Monday, September 6, 2021 - There will not be a pyrotechnical blast this September 6th.
Among the most popular events at Crazy Horse Memorial® are the two annual night blasts. The spectacular ceremonial blasts light up the Mountain with incredible fireballs and specially designed pyrotechnical features.
June 17 - 19, 2022
Every year Crazy Horse Memorial® celebrates the arts and crafts that are melding Native American cultures and the New West. The Show features many various artists displaying and selling their work throughout THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®.
Spring Volksmarch-First Full Weekend in June
The Crazy Horse Spring Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K (6.2-mile) woodlands ramble to the world’s largest Mountain Carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. June 4-5, 2022
Autumn Volksmarch - same weekend as Custer State Park’s Buffalo Round-Up
This autumn hike will be on the Sunday of the Custer State Park’s Buffalo Round-Up.
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and BHVA will host the Fall Volksmarch in September. Sunday, September 26, 2021 and will be held the same weekend as the Custer State Park Buffalo Round-Up.
Monday, October 11th @ 10:00 AM
Celebration of Native Americans' Day 2021, we will have a program filled with song, dance, speakers, and award the Educator of the Year. This will mark the end of our 2021 season. Don't miss this special day, This day is always one to celebrate!