Crazy Horse

TheĀ Mission of Crazy Horse Memorial FoundationĀ is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition and living heritage of the North American Indians.

History repeatedly has witnessed the submergence of minorities. The culture and tradition of the conquered not infrequently have been lost and posterity has been deprived of valuable record. Thus history has left its imprint on the Dakotas. The cultures and traditions of the North American Indian, in their sociological, political and economic progression, are in danger of being obliterated. Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota chief, sensing this calamity, conceived the idea of a portrait likeness of the Lakota leader, Crazy Horse, carved out of the lasting granite of his Paha Sapa. To create this memorial he enlisted the sympathies of Korczak Ziolkowski, who already had given much of his time, energy, artistic skill and resources to the initial phases of such a project.

Others with no less worthy motives advocate a memorial with kindred purposes in the nature of an institution of present, pulsing vitality. It would be cruel indeed if only one ideal could be expended. But no such choice was necessary. As Korczak Ziolkowski conceived it, this monument may well be the symbol, the impelling force to perpetuate the active memorial.


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Arts & Culture

  • Dedicated in 2000, the 40,000 square foot Welcome Center at Crazy Horse Memorial is the main entrance to the Visitor Complex.
  • Home to an extraordinary collection of art and artifacts reflecting the diverse histories and cultures of the American Indian people designed to complement the story being told in stone on the mountain.
  • The distinctive stone building was completed in 1996 from rock blasted from the Crazy Horse Mountain Carving.
  • Korczak lived in a tent the first year while he cut, peeled and notched the trees to build the log home. The furnishings & antiques came from his home in West Hartford. Korczak’s Studio & Home has many of Korczak’s works of art on display.
  • Crazy Horse Memorial, in the beautiful South Dakota Black Hills, is a one-of-a-kind setting for your conference, seminar, class, board meeting, retreat, family reunion or other special event.


  • Nightly May 26 - October 1
    “Legends in Light” the Crazy Horse Memorial multimedia laser-light show is presented nightly, at dark, from Memorial Day weekend through Native Americans’ Day in October.
  • October 9, 2017
    South Dakota was the first state to officially celebrate Native Americans’ Day each year on the second Monday in October.
  • June 3 - 4
    The bi-annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • Jne 16 - 18
    Every year in mid-June, Crazy Horse Memorial celebrates the arts and crafts that are melding Native American cultures and the New West.