Special Events

Cultural Programs Opportunities

Native American artists, performers, and cultural bearers looking for opportunities to exhibit, enhance, or share their artistic talents and cultural knowledge are invited to apply to our six exciting Cultural Programs offered through THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®.

Cultural Programs Applications

Talking Circle Speaker Series

Thursday evenings at 6:30 from June 11, 2020, through July 30, 2020

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.

Talking Circle Speaker Series

Living Treasures Indian Arts Cultural Exchange

May 31st - June 6th; July 5th - July 11th; August 2nd - August 8th; September 6th - September 12th; October 4th - October 10th

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.

Living Treasures Indian Arts Cultural Exchange

Artist in Residency Fellowship

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 Residency Fellowship. The Artist in Residency Fellows 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 October. Artists will also market and sell their art.

Artist in Residency Fellowship

Legends in Light® Laser Show

Nightly Memorial Day Weekend through the end of September

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.

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Legends in Light

Night Blasts

June 26th and 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.

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Night Blast

Gift from Mother Earth Art Show


Every year in mid-June, 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®.

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Gift from Mother Earth Booth


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.

Autumn Volksmarch-same weekend as Custer State Park’s Buffalo Round-Up

This autumn hike is on the Sunday of the Custer State Park’s Buffalo Round-Up. It is the public’s second chance of the year to walk up the world’s largest Mountain Carving in progress.

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Volksmarch Group

Native Americans' Day

October 12th

South Dakota was the first state to officially celebrate Native Americans’ Day each year on the second Monday in October. Elsewhere, the day is observed as Columbus Day.

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Native American Day Celebration