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 for tis closed for the 2023 season. There are five different cultural programs that can be applied to. Click on each link to view a description and application: Artist in Residence, Gift From Mother Earth Native and Western Art Show and Sale, Living Treasures, Performers & Storytellers, and Talking Circle. Please email email@example.com for any further assistance or information.
Special Cultural Performace by PAMYUA, an Inuit-soul musical group that blends culture with influences from around the world. October 9, 2023 at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 pm on the veranda.
Performance will be moved to the covered porch area if weather is a concern.
October 1, 2023 - First Ever 5K and 10K Fall Volksmarch
In coordination with the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival weekend, Crazy Horse Memorial® will be hosting the 11th Annual Fall Volksmarch, the most popular organized hike in the United States, on Sunday, October 1, 2023. New this fall will be the option of either a 5K or 10K hike. All hikers will get an up-close view of the Carving, where work continues on the world’s largest sculpture in progress.
In continued celebration of our 75th Anniversary and memory of the late Ruth Ziolkowski, admission to the Memorial for hikers will be waived with a donation of three canned food items for the KOTA Territory Care & Share Food Drive. Hike participants pay the American Volkssport Association’s fee of $3 per person, regardless of age. Regular admission still applies to non-participants.
Native Americans' Day - October 9th
We will have a program filled with song, dance, speakers, arts and crafts, announce the Educator of the Year, provide lunch and more. Don't miss the 33rd Annual Celebration at Crazy Horse Memorial - this day is to celebrate!
- 10:00 - 11:00 am - Program - greetings, VIP speeches, and more
- 11:00 - 4:00 pm - Free Arts and Crafts for all
- 11:00 - until gone - Free Tatanka (Buffalo) Stew
- 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 pm - Featured Special Performances - PAMYUA
Daily Cultural Performances
Daily Performances will begin on May 26, 2023 and continue through September 30, 2023 at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
Experience a cultural performance on our veranda. Performance will be moved to the covered porch area if weather is a concern.
Apply for the 2023 season daily cultural Performers and Storytellers.
Talking Circle Speaker Series
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.
The 2023 Talking Circle Series is completed for 2023. 2024 dates to be announced.
Living Treasures Indian Arts Cultural Exchange
The 2023 Living Treasures dates, artists, and workshops are as follows:
- October 1 - October 7: Mike Lammers, The Importance of Feathers*
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.
*While the Living Treasures program is intended for visitors to take a craft home with them, The Importance of Feathers workshop will not provide that opportunity. Working with turkey feathers, visitors will learn about the cultural significance of particular feathers pertaining to ceremony and the importance of the item that the feathers will be attached to throughout the week of the program.
Artist in Residence
The 2023 Artist in Residence is completed. 2024 artists to be announced.
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.
Will begin May 26 through September 30, 2023. ** After 17 years, our Laser Light Show will end. Our last show will be September 30.
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, 2024 - 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, 2023 - 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 14-16, 2024
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 2024
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 1, 2024.
Autumn Volksmarch - same weekend as Custer State Park’s Buffalo Round-Up - Sunday Only
This year the autumn hike will be on the Sunday of the Custer State Park’s Buffalo Round-Up and offer a 5K or 10K hike.
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and BHVA will host the Fall Volksmarch in October. Sunday, October 1, 2023 and will be held the same weekend as the Custer State Park Buffalo Round-Up.
Monday, October 9, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
Celebration of Native Americans' Day 2023, we will have a program filled with song, dance, and speakers. We will also award the Educator of the Year. Don't miss this special day, This day is always one to celebrate!