Tuesday, June 08, 2010


Imagine if you will, working by yourself for 7 years, hauling huge boxes of dynamite, tools, and everything you need up steps to carve out a mountain. (hell, I can barely manage a coffee cup up the stairs)

The Crazy Horse Memorial is just amazing.

Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear officially started Crazy Horse Memorial June 3, 1948. The Memorial's mission is to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians.

Korczak's family has continued the work, living and growing up on the mountain that honors the Native Americans, who were treated so badly by the government that had agreed to protect their lands, and people.

Funding has not come from any agency, by donations, fees for entry, and gift shop items all contribute to the fantastic sculpture. There is an education center, the chance to watch and speak to Native American craftsmen, a storyteller, and the chance to visit his home and workshop. All in all it is well worth the entry fee.


  1. i heard about this monument first when I was reading No Mad by Sam Moffie, I had to check and see if it was real. Quite and impressive undertaking.

  2. When I first saw this, they were just blowing out that hole. That was over 40 years ago. It's going to take at least another 100 years to get this done!

  3. Inspirational indeed, thanks for sharing these amazing things with us. PS please tell me that a blue filter was used to colour that sky, such a clear blue, it's beautiful

  4. Petty- The sky is really that blue...pretty cool huh?

  5. I have BEEN to this very site when I was a young kid.
    At that time there was really no "face" portion to the site. And that big hole was there at the time, the hole under the protruding arm.
    But to see this now [when I am now 46 years old] wow.... it just shows me the magnitude of the work yet to be done! It already is an amazing accomplishment, but one day will be truly unbelievable!