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“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.
Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Crazy Horse Memorial”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

This was our second trip to Crazy horse, the last time being 2010. We are very impressed with the staff there. They do all they can to make your visit memorable. You can go up to the face of the monument but it costs. We felt the money was worth the experience. Korsack's family is passionate about this project and several of his ten children are involved with it today. It says a lot about the family that they would not take Government funds to finish the project. This is a labor of love for the family. Ruth Ziolkowski, Korsack's wife, is one of the most selfless people I have ever met! She has started an Indian College on the property and hopes to continue to expand it . I take offense to the man who says that they are ripping off the Indians again. Many Sioux Indians display and sell their works inside the museum. Some have written books on the Sioux and would love to talk with you and share their stories. I highly recommend it. It's an amazing story and an amazing place!!

Visited June 2013
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“Most impressive”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Thankfully, this memorial is not part of the national parks, and we were able to visit this amazing monument carving which has been the personal project of the late Korczak Ziolowski since 1948, whose work is now being continued by the family. It is an outstanding project which dominates the horizon in the picturesque Black Hills of South Dakota. There is a shuttle bus which takes passengers to and from the monument, so you can get a closer look at this magnificent sculpture. The property has a museum displaying a collection of native American tribal art and artifacts, as well as cafeterias and gift shops. It has become a major attraction for school groups and tourists alike, providing many exhibits to interest a wide group of visitors. An unforgettable experience.

Visited October 2013
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Chetek, Wisconsin, United States
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 17 November 2013 via mobile

Glad we stopped. It was very quiet as we stoope in November, but loved the information we received. Only wish we could get up closer.

Visited November 2013
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Fairport, New York
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“Interesting but so commercial”
Reviewed 15 November 2013

We popped over to view this as we were in the area. The evening was to have a fireworks display, to draw in more people, and the place was heaving. There is a charge to enter at $10 per person or $27 a carload. This is overpriced for what you get and is essentially a car parking fee, cause if you want to get closer to the monument you have to pay a further fee to get on the bus to take you up there. We did not stay for the 'show' and left to return to Mount Rushmore for their lighting of the sculpture ceremony, which was far more interesting and far less commercial.

Then of cause there is the gift shop. Overpriced and quite frankly just a trap for tourists who think they are getting the 'real McCoy' in a quilt or native Indian jewelry. Put your money away.

The carving of crazy horse is big and after some 65 years in the making, is nowhere near completion. This is the first alarm bell that should be sounding in your head - why is it nowhere near finished? Oh do the math, of the number of cars that come in, the number of the dead sculptor's children involved in the project, only taking donations...... I think this is a money spinner, easy money, selling a story, keeping daddy's dream alive, while actually not doing anything, or very little to complete the project.

Mount Rushmore did not take this long to complete.

Granted I would say he was a talented sculptor, but the world is full of talented people. He had worked on Mt Rushmore as well, so this undertaking was not something he had no experience of.

However the crazy horse memorial is extremely commercial - too commercial for my taste.

If you want to learn about Crazy Horse - get a book and read about him, you will not learn much about this Native American and how he took on the US Government if you go to the memorial.

However, you will find out a lot about the sculptor and his family, but honestly, I think it is time to get this project completed and move on.

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“What a wonderful crazy place”
Reviewed 14 November 2013

We visited Crazy Horse Memorial in September and what a place! Absolutely loved it. We liked it better than Mount Rushmore simply because it it still raw, unfinished and unpretentious. I would love to be around when the monument is finished but that isn't a possibility it is going to take decades. This project is unfunded by the Government so the funds come in through the gate mostly. I think finishing the face was a brilliant strategy because you can see how impressive the whole work will be when completed. The animal gate is lovely and the museum so interesting. I think having the completed model in the foreground of the massive monument is a stroke of genius because the photos of that are amazing. Don't miss this place it should be on everybody's "bucket list of places to visit."

Visited September 2013
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