Korczak and his wife Ruth had 10 children who continue the legacy of Crazy Horse. There is no proposed date of completion, but it is estimated that work will continue for another 35 years and more.
There is little known about the personal life of the man known as Tasunka Witco, or Crazy Horse, including the exact date and location of his birth. Some say that he was born somewhere in the Black Hills or the surrounding area about 1840. His name was not always Crazy Horse. In his youth he was known as Curly. He ultimately earned his father's name, Tasunka Witco, or Crazy Horse.
Crazy Horse was a revered warrior and strategist. He was instrumental in many well-known conflicts including the Battle of Little Big Horn. In early September 1877, Crazy Horse was mortally wounded, and on September 6 of each year, a night blast is held to honor Crazy Horse's life, to remember his death at a young age, and to celebrate the birth of Korczak.
Crazy Horse's face is 87 feet, 6 inches. It was completed on June 3, 1998. The entire carving is planned to be 563 feet high and 641 feet long. The memorial is carved from pegmatite granite. Right now the current focus for carving is on Crazy Horse's hand, finger and the horse's mane.
These drawings are what the finished memorial is projected to look like. Korczak's sons continue the work on the memorial. The mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition, and living heritage of North American Indians. The buildings around the memorial house the Welcome Center, Education and Conference Center, Indian Museum of North America (three wings plus the Cultural Center), gift shops, viewing veranda, restaurant (overlooking mountain), snack shop, mountain displays, sculptor's log studio home, Bronze showroom, and Native American Cultural Center). There is also an orientation film narrated by Ruth Ziolkwski. This place is huge. We took about 2 hours to walk through the whole place.
Part of Korczak's and Ruth's dream was to have the Indian University of North America. The University held its first summer session in 2010. Since then, 189 students have successfully completed the summer program. Students finish their first semester of college including a paid internship.
Fighting Stallions, 9'6" Bronze.
This is a collection of Indian Glass Beads which were a gift from Ray Hillenbrand of Prairie Edge in Rapid City, and is from the same guild that supplied fur traders in the 19th Century. When Societa Veneziana Conterie in Italy closed its door, Mr. Hillenbrand acquired all of the remaining inventory, over 70 tons of beads.
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