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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 for the 2023 season is open. 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 and Western Art Show and Sale, Living Treasures, Performers & Storytellers, and Talking Circle. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any further assistance or information.
Upcoming Special Performances
- September 26 - 30, 2022 - Kevin Locke will perform at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm on the covered porch.
- October 1, 2022 - Brulé takes to the Welcome Center Theater Stage at 4:00pm – Seating is limited, arrive early! On October 1, wristbands for preferred seating begin being distributed at 1:00 pm.
- 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.
Apply for the 2023 season daily cultural Performers and Storytellers.
Mahkoche Kin: The Land
Finished for the 2022 season. Look for 2023 Dates Soon.
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 announced.
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.
Apply for the 2023 season Talking Circle Speaker Series.
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.
- October 2 – October 8 (Lyle Miller, Miniature Shields and Dance Sticks)
Apply for the 2023 season Living Treasure Indian Arts Cultural Exchange.
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.
- September – Sean Black Wolf (Acrylic, Oil, Digital)
Apply for the 2023 season Artist in Residence.
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.
Apply for the 2023 Gift from Mother Earth Western Art Show and Sale.
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).