Posted by: lemmod | April 7, 2010

Crazy Horse Memorial

Over the summer, my family and I took a vacation to Yellowstone. On the way, however, we stopped in South Dakota and visited the Crazy Horse Memorial. This memorial is the largest mountain carving currently in progress and will become a University when completed. The Crazy Horse Memorial began on June 13, 1948 and was started by Korczak Ziolkowski along with the Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear with the purpose of honoring the culture, tradition, and heritage of North American Indians. In 1982 Korczak died, but his family and construction workers still continue the process today. The reason why Crazy Horse was chosen for a mountain carving is because he was a great hero and as standing Bear claims, the North American Indians want the white man to know that the red man also has great heroes. Specifically, the carving shows Crazy Horse or will show him on a horse pointing onward. This depiction of Crazy Horse derives from a known quote of his when he was asked by a white man who said “Where are your lands now?” with Crazy Horse’s response, “My lands are where my dead lie buried.” Today, the construction still continues along a 219 foot mountain in South Dakota. People can visit the Crazy Horse Memorial and even watch blasts with the price of a small admissions fee. Also, they can enjoy the museum about Crazy Horse and North American Indians and attend other events occurring that day. The memorial is an astonishing sight to behold and I recommend giving it a visit if one happens to be near that region of the country.

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