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Review of Crazy Horse Memorial

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.
Great Lakes
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“impressive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Wish we could have gotten close to it, but it is really quite amazing, and good on the family for refusing strings-attached funding. The museum is charming and intimate, and the Chopin in the background very appropriate.

Visited October 2013
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“Go See It”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

We traveled to South Dakota primarily to see Mt. Rushmore, but we also went to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial which has been under active carving since 1941. You can see the memorial from a distance along the highway, but be sure to pay ($10 a person) to see the Visitor Center.

The center is large and provides lots of information about Native Americans as well as the reasons why this memorial is being carved. It's a little mind boggling just how huge this sculpture will eventually be. There's no estimate when it will be completed but I'll not see the finished product as I'm 51 and there are probably decades of work left to be performed.

Be sure you watch the excellent orientation video, which gives a detailed history of the sculptor and why he began this lifelong effort. He died in the 1980's, but his family is continuing in his footsteps. Admirably, they don't accept government tax dollars at any level for the project. It's entirely funded through tourism, private contributions, and other donations. It's so good to visit an attraction which doesn't have corporate names all over the place.

You can take a bus trip for an extra few dollars which takes you a lot closer to the mountain. Or for a cool $135 per person, you can take a van trip right up to Crazy Horse's face. We chose to do neither as it was a cold, blustery day in October 2013. That's expensive to be sure, but remember, the project is entirely supported by tourism.

Visited October 2013
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“Must See Attraction If You're in the Area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“So glad we went to see it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

We went to Mount Rushmore first, it was good, and we stayed about an hour and a half. But Crazy Horse was brilliant and we stayed for four and a half hours. The film is well worth seeing. The museum is excellent if you are interested in North American History and is still interesting even if you are not. The on going work on the memorial will not be finished in our life time and we would not be able to see it from the UK anyway, but we both said how privileged we felt having been to see it. Good Luck to them in the future.

Visited September 2013
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“Thoroughly enjoyed this one!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

Touring the Black hills would for certain include a visit to Mount Rushmore and Crazy horse memorial for me. The entrance fee was 10 Dollars and at that moment, I thought that was rather pricy. Little was I to know that I would get plenty of value back for that amount of money. The museum was very well documented and showed all kinds of exhibits and artefacts far or closely related to Crazy horse and the sculptor of his statue. I was very thrilled to learn so much about the efforts to create this magnificent sculpture. The museum really performed its utmost best to provide all visitors with information, entertainment (such as live Indian dancing) and a detailed look into the history concerning this endeavour. I can easily recommend this visit to all people, you will not regret this for sure.

Visited October 2013
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