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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 beginning soon for the 2023 season. Please email email@example.com for any further assistance or information.
Upcoming Special Performances
- September 6, 2022 - Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle perform song and dance at 6:30pm
- October 1, 2022 - Brulé takes to the Welcome Center Theater Stage at 4:00pm – Seating is limited, arrive early!
- October 10, 2022 - The Bearsheart Family will perform several different styles of dance at 1:30pm
Daily Cultural Performances
Daily Performances will begin May 27, 2022 at 11:30, 1:30 and 4:30.
Experience a cultural performance on our veranda. Performance will be moved to the covered porch area if weather is a concern.
Mahkoche Kin: The Land
Starting May 27, 2022. Dates will be May 27, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 19* (*original date of August 12 was postponed to August 19), August 26 and final date September 23, 2022.
Hosted by the Museum Team and lead by artist and Oglala Lakota College Faculty Member, Darrell Red Cloud, Mahkoche Kin teaches visitors about why Crazy Horse Memorial® is in the Black Hills and their significance to the surrounding tribal nations.
Attendees will have the chance to get “off the beaten path” and see the Black Hills through a Native perspective enriched by the cultural knowledge held by the Lakota People.
Mahkoche Kin consists of a short and easy to moderate one-hour outdoor walk. There are three stops along the route for presentations and immersive activities. The program is not a traditional hike and consists of mildly strenuous, uneven terrain – closed toed shoes and pants are recommended.
Sign-up will happen the DAY OF each program and the attendee numbers are limited. Be sure to visit Crazy Horse Memorial® on these special days to take part.
Talking Circle Speaker Series
Completed for the season. 2023 dates to be anncounced.
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.
Living Treasures Indian Arts Cultural Exchange
May through October 2022
Native artists teach the creation of artwork to visitors in the Native American Educational and Cultural Center®. Between 10:00am – 6:00pm, visitors are encouraged to stop in and learn how to create the selected medium of art along with its cultural significance. Each workshop is modeled to be completed within 90 minutes.
- September 4 - September 10 (Larry Godfrey & Mary PenetBirch, Bark Ornaments)
- October 2 – October 8 (Lyle Miller, Miniature Shields and Dance Sticks)
Artist in Residence
May through September
Artists work on projects in a public studio space in the Native American Educational and Cultural Center® during each one-month residency. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the studio space to visit with the Resident Artist and each artist will give a public demonstration, discussion, workshop, or lecture on Wednesdays at 12:30pm.
- August - Mike Lammers (Quillwork)
- September – Sean Black Wolf (Acrylic, Oil, Digital)
Laser Light Show will begin May 27, 2022
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.
Special Days of Remembrance
- June 26, 2023 - Special Day to Remember The Battle of the Little Big Horn and Ruth Ziolkowski
This special day commemorates the dual anniversaries of The Battle of the Little Big Horn and the birth of Ruth Ziolkowski.
- September 6, 2022 - Special Day to Remember the death of Crazy Horse & Korczak Ziolkowski
This special day commemorates the dual anniversaries of the 1877 death of Crazy Horse and the 1908 birth of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.
The public is encouraged to visit Crazy Horse Memorial on each Special Day for a day and night of activities.
**Laughing Water Restaurant will open at 11:00 am and will close at 4:00 pm for a private reception. The Snack Shop will open at 9:00 am and close when the Laser LIght Show starts.
June 16 - 18, 2023
Every year Crazy Horse Memorial® celebrates the arts and crafts that are melding Native American cultures and the New West. During the three days of the Gift From Mother Earth, over 20 exhibitors showcase and sell a wide variety of artwork. Booths open at 8 am all three days.
Spring Volksmarch- First Saturday Only in June 2023
The Crazy Horse Spring Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K (6.2-mile) woodlands walk to the world’s largest Mountain Carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. June 3, 2023
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 October. Sunday, October 2, 2022 and will be held the same weekend as the Custer State Park Buffalo Round-Up. (Normally in September but the 2022 Roundup falls on September 30, 2022).