Crazy Horse Memorial & Mount Rushmore National Monument

I decide to lump these two together.  One reason is  because in a way they are alike.  They both involve carving into mountains.  The guy that was monumentous in starting the Crazy Horse Memorial, Korczak Ziolkowski. actually worked on Mount Rushmore.  He was the one with whom Chief Standing Bear of the Lakota tribe went.  This is pretty much where it ends.

2015-06-20 14.00.05While the Crazy Horse National Monument has yet to be completed, I actually enjoyed it more.  It was started in 1948 by Ziolkowski himself.  While at the museum, you get to watch a movie in which he tells about the early starting of this project & all the problems he faced, including a generator that kept going ka-put right as he reached the top of where he was working.  They have a musuem of Native American artifacts from all over the United States.  They have different Native American vendors selling everything from pottery, to moccasins, to jewelry.

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We also got to see some Native American dancing.  I love to watch the dancing.  I love the drums, the wooden flute & the voices.  2015-06-20 15.33.05And this guy… was… hilarious.  Although, I’m ashamed to say that I can’t remember his name.  I believe he said that in the group of the four dancers, they represented the 6th, 7th, & 8th generation of Chief Standing Bear.  I think.

2015-06-20 15.32.41This guy was dressed & danced the traditional mens dance.  The first two danced, what I’m calling the warrior dance.  Just because, that’s what it looked like, at least to me.

2015-06-20 15.32.18And this nice lady, did the womens’ dance.  It was so interesting to see them dance all at the same time, to the same music, and see such difference in the movements.  The warrior dance was more jerky & sort of what you think about when you think of the old movies of cowboys & Indians.  The mens’ dance was not as fast and much less jerky, though it was still there.  And the womens’ dance was more foot movement than anything.

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Mount Rushmore began October 4th, 1927.  The designer was Gutzon Borglum.  It took only 12 years to finish with hundreds of men working on it.  George Washington was dedicated July 4th, 1934.  Thomas Jefferson was completed in 1936.  Abraham Lincoln was completed in 1937 on the 150th anniversary of signing the Constitution.  Theodore Roosevelt was completed in 1939.

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Mount Rushmore was a lot smaller, had a ton more parking, and not as interesting as I remembered it being.  Of course, we had just come from the Crazy Horse Memorial with lots of things to do.  Still, it was neat to be able to show the kids.  Even if it was about to rain on us.  (That’s why the sky is so dark in the picture.)

May God bless your socks off as He has ours!

Rachel

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