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Crazy Horse Cultural Programming kicks off Memorial Day weekend

The Crazy Horse monument in March 2012. When finished, it is expected to be 641 feet long and 563 feet high. It is <a href="">the largest mountain</a> carving in progress.
Matthew Staver
The Crazy Horse monument in March 2012. When finished, it is expected to be 641 feet long and 563 feet high. It is the largest mountain carving in progress.

The Crazy Horse Memorial begins its 2022 Cultural Programming season Memorial Day weekend. Throughout the season more than 100 artists and culture bearers will present educational material to guests.

The programming begins Friday with various events to showcase Indigenous history and culture.

The Daily Performance program starts Friday on the Veranda Stage with Lakota artist and hoop dancer Starr Chief Eagle. These performances showcase traditional and contemporary Indigenous song, dance and storytelling.

Mahkoche Kin also begins Friday, led by artist Darrell Red Cloud. This program teaches visitors the Lakota perspective of the Black Hills. Mahkoche Kin means “the land” in Lakota.

“During three stops along the program, Darrell will present about plants and animals, why the Black Hills are sacred and why the Memorial is here, and the land as a home,” said a news release from the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.

Visitors can help staff members construct an authentic tipi during the last stop of the tour.

Mahkoche Kin presentations will occur on select Fridays throughout the summer.

The activities end Friday with the first nightly Legends in Light laser light show beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday marks the first Living Treasures artist Aaron White. He will demonstrate how to make river cane flutes.

The Living Treasures program will continue throughout the summer and fall and showcase a range of hands-on crafting activities. Other planned activities focus on dreamcatchers, medicine bags, birch bark ornaments and miniature dance sticks and shields.

Tony Duncan, a world-renowned hoop dancer and flute player, will host a session on Sunday teaching visitors how to hoop dance. The Duncan Family will perform Sunday night, demonstrating traditional and contemporary hoop dances.

Special Performances and daily activities will continue throughout the summer. More information can be found at the Crazy Horse Memorial website.

Jordan is a senior English and journalism major at SDSU in Brookings. She is from De Smet, South Dakota. She is based out of the Sioux Falls studio.