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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 Native 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.
November is Native American Heritage Month
Also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. Visit today to learn more.
South Dakota Day of Giving November 29, 2022
Also known as Giving Tuesday and friends from anywhere in the country are encouraged to participate by supporting Crazy Horse Memorial®, The Indian University of North American®, and The Indian Museum of North American®. Gifts in any amount can be made at donate.crazyhorsememorial.org.
Upcoming Special Performances
Git Hoan Dancers: People of the Salmon - 4:30pm, January 28, 2023
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.
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
The Talking Circle Speaker Series will take place on Thursdays from June 15 through August 3, 2023. Presenters name and topic 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
The 2023 Living Treasures programs will take place on the below dates:
May 28 - June 3
July 2 - July 8
July 30 - August 5
September 3 - September 9
October 1 - October 7
Artisit names and workshops to be announced.
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.
Apply for the 2023 season Living Treasure Indian Arts Cultural Exchange.
Artist in Residence
The 2023 Artist in Residence program will begin May 1, 2023 and continue through September 30, 2023. Artist names and mediums 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.
Apply for the 2023 season Artist in Residence.
Will begin May 26 through September 30, 2023.
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 Native and 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).
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!