After viewing and photographing Mt. Rushmore (we couldn't actually visit because of the Republican-induced government shutdown), we drove on to the Crazy Horse Memorial. This was simply outstanding. First, there's a large visitors center. There, you watch a video that explains the reason for the memorial and the person engaged by Native Americans to carve the mountain. It turns out that he was an understudy (assistant) to Gutzon Borglum, the man who carved Mt. Rushmore and Stone Mountain. Korczak Ziolkowski moved to the area and worked on the carving alone for many years. Eventually, most of his offspring (5 daughters and 5 sons) took over the project, which they're working on to this day. The visitors center has many rooms filled with Native American artifacts, paintings, you name it. There's also Ziolkowski's studio, and when we were there, there were Native Americans dressed in colorful garb that my wife posed with. She also purchased a book from a Native American who had interviewed in their native tongue elderly survivors of "Custer's Last Stand." We also had a pleasant meal in the associated restaurant. Of all the impressive things to see in the visitors center, one of the most interesting was a collection of beads used by Native Americans in their handicrafts. If you're in the area to see Mt. Rushmore, don't pass up this attraction. Of all the things we saw in the Mt. Rushmore area, I ranked this first, by a long shot.
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