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“A Very Emotional Experience”

Crazy Horse Memorial
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Owner description: The mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition and living heritage of the North American Indians. The Foundation demonstrates its commitment to this endeavor by continuing the progress on the world's largest sculptural undertaking by carving a memorial of Lakota leader Crazy Horse; by providing educational and cultural programming; by acting as a repository for American Indian artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA(R) and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER(R); and by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA(R) and, when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.
Reviewed February 6, 2013

The visit to Crazy Horse Memorial was quite emotional. Although the construction is still in infancy, the face of this Native American Hero is detailed and quite visible. The monument will be impressive when it is finished. The devotion of the original sculptor, his family and heirs is phenomenal. The in depth tour was well worth the money. There is a museum and gift shop on site. I believe they have snacks and drinks available too. I'm so glad we went the extra few miles to visit this great American Monument after visiting Mt. Rushmore.

Thank Teauteau
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Amazing under-taking, especially with virtually all private funding. Difficult to comprehend the scope and difficulty of the project without actually being there. Builds understanding of Native Americans, their contributions and their concerns about losing their lands to settlers/"progress." Better to do off-season than fight the crowds. Visit now, then again in 20-30 years to see more progress on reshaping the mountain.

Thank Jim G
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We happened across this attraction as we drove through some of the Northern States. We went during the day, the weather was fine and the information centre was full of interesting relevant information, and although it was also a gift shop, it was quality as opposed to tacky. Although, when we returned at night there was too much fog for the lazer show. But the atmosphere provided by the place and staff was brilliant, and did not deter. I certainly will return when the memorial is furthur completed.

Thank After-Adrenaline
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Crazy Horse memorial is a work in progress in South Dakota. It's wonderful to see the vision in the rock slowly appearing. There's enough of a start to be able to see what it will be (helpful statues & pictures around the site show what is intended). That takes a minute or two. What takes all the time, & is worth the effort, is the amazing museum inside. The museum has photos & memorabilia of the tribes; including flags, teepess, a sweat lodge, beadwork, portraits & so much more. There's so much to learn there & concurrently you view the mountain that will eventually be Crazy Horse on his horse, pointing the way for his people. It's a great story of intention becoming reality. Such dedication from the family of the sculptor! Inspiring for sure! And I loved bringing home blast rocks as souvenirs!

Thank Connie C
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

There is so much more at the Crazy Horse Memorial aside from a mountain being sculpted into a memorial. It is also a museum that is centered around the culture of the American Indians. The entire complex is laid out nicely and the museum has grown tremendously since I was there back the 1980's. The first thing visitors do is see a short video that talks about the premise behind the sculptor's vision, shows a history of the work to date, and lays out the vision for the future. This project is a remarkable undertaking especially when you realize that it is privately funded. I look forward to going back in the future to see the progress over the years. I would not recommend this for children, but teens and young adults are interested in the history of the Indians will enjoy it.

Thank Bubs D
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