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Crazy Horse monument fundraising begins
AP ^ | 5/29/5 | JOE KAFKA

Posted on 05/29/2005 9:55:58 AM PDT by SmithL

Nearly six decades have passed since work began on the Crazy Horse Memorial, a granite mountain being carved into a colossal sculpture of the Sioux warrior, arm outstretched toward his ancestral homeland, astride a stallion more than two football fields long.

When it's finished - and no one is predicting when that will be - the sculpture will be 563 feet high and 641 feet long. It will be taller than the Washington Monument, and so large that the four presidential heads on Mount Rushmore, 17 miles away, would fit inside the nine-story-high warrior's head.

But with $17 million spent so far, raised largely from visitors and others familiar with the project, only a portion of the monument is finished. Now, for the first time, a national fundraising drive is being quietly started in hopes of accelerating the pace.

The monument was suggested in 1939 by Sioux Chief Henry Standing Bear, who asked Boston-born sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to do the work. Ziolkowski, an acclaimed sculptor from Boston, had worked briefly at Mount Rushmore but didn't get along with chief sculptor Gutzon Borglum.

After considering the project for years, Ziolkowski began sculpting the mountain on June 3, 1948. He doggedly pursued it for the rest of his life, rejecting federal money and other government help.

"Korczak always believed that if it were done by government, it would never be finished the way it should be," explained development director Fred Tully.

Ziolkowski died in 1982, but his widow, Ruth, and seven of their 10 children have continued the labor of love.

So far, the family has dynamited, chiseled and scraped more than 8 million tons of rock from the mountain.

Crazy Horse's face was finished in time for the 50th anniversary of the project in 1998, shifting the focus to the 22-story-tall horse's head. An additional 4 million tons of granite must be removed to complete the project.

Ruth Ziolkowski, 78, still is actively involved and has no intention of retiring.

Visitors frequently ask when the sculpture will be done. Her stock answer: "We don't honestly know."

Some view the sculpture with facetious humor: "Be back in 100 years to see it completed," a Canadian tourist wrote in the Crazy Horse guest book recently.

Others are more optimistic. "Big change since our 1974 visit. Keep it up," wrote a couple from Dover, Del.

Ironically, the memorial is just a few miles from the city of Custer, named for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. Crazy Horse and his Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors defeated Custer and his 7th Cavalry in the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn.

The $26.5 million fundraising campaign, aimed at foundations, corporations and individuals, will not be formally announced until next year, Tully said. He hopes to raise a large part of the money before then.

"If we start at zero before the official announcement, people will hold back and won't give because they're not sure if we're going to make it," he says. "If we can start with half or more than half of the money, people will want to get in on it."

While the sculpture is the focal point, educating visitors about American Indians and their culture is the memorial's true mission, Ruth Ziolkowski says.

The 1,000-acre complex includes an American Indian museum and cultural center, and Korczak Ziolkowski also envisioned a university and medical training center at the site. Those projects are still planned.

One new feature this year: a laser light show cataloguing American Indian contributions to society. The evening show turns the flank of the mountain into a 500-foot screen of colorful animations and still images.

ON THE NET

Memorial: http://www.crazyhorsememorial.org/


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: americanindians; crazyhorse; laststand; monument

1 posted on 05/29/2005 9:55:58 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

So far, the family has dynamited, chiseled and scraped more than 8 million tons of rock from the mountain.
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WOW! That is a lot of rock!


2 posted on 05/29/2005 9:58:08 AM PDT by kingsurfer
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To: SmithL

Was an environmental impact statement required?


3 posted on 05/29/2005 9:59:06 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: SmithL

So far, the family has dynamited, chiseled and scraped more than 8 million tons of rock from the mountain.
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WOW! That is a lot of rock! Nice to see that they do not want federal money (ie taxpayers money). If only other people in the US (and in the UK) would do things for themselves rather than expect or make the Government do it for them.


4 posted on 05/29/2005 9:59:15 AM PDT by kingsurfer
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To: SmithL

I thought Crazy Horse was a "Gentlemen's Club"?


5 posted on 05/29/2005 10:00:01 AM PDT by marymc
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To: marymc

You're thinking of "The Pink Pony".


6 posted on 05/29/2005 10:04:26 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: marymc
Would love to visit it some time.


7 posted on 05/29/2005 10:10:46 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SmithL
A visit to the Indian Museum and Cultural Center is well worth the trip.

IMHO, the privately funded Indian complex is far more interesting than the government funded facilities supporting the close by Mount Rushmore, where Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and T. Roosevelt stare out over the land.  Both sites are beautiful, but the government sponsored shops and displays are rather bland by comparison.

8 posted on 05/29/2005 10:27:16 AM PDT by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: Racehorse

I agree. Even in it's partially completed state, I found it truly impressive. It is a fascinating project, that a number of people have dedicated their lives to. It's well worth visiting.


9 posted on 05/29/2005 10:38:01 AM PDT by joshhiggins
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To: kingsurfer; All

I wish there was a graphic of the finsished outline superimposed over the existing rock. Anyonre ever see one?


10 posted on 05/29/2005 10:40:22 AM PDT by need_a_screen_name
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To: kingsurfer

Forget that!

Put Reagan on Rushmore!


11 posted on 05/29/2005 10:43:58 AM PDT by slowpipe (" I'll go to school if you want me to, Pa. But I won't take Symbolic Logic.")
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To: need_a_screen_name
Hope this works for you.


12 posted on 05/29/2005 11:33:32 AM PDT by Dust in the Wind (I've got peace like a river. . .)
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To: slowpipe

.........Forget that!

Put Reagan on Rushmore!..........


Yes! (and then add Rush Limbaugh)


13 posted on 05/29/2005 11:39:52 AM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: Dust in the Wind
A bit larger


14 posted on 05/29/2005 11:42:59 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Seven disloyal senators sold the chance to crush the democrats for tv face time.)
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To: need_a_screen_name

15 posted on 05/29/2005 11:43:03 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more work horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: tet68

Thanks for posting that! I saw it last in 1980. All you could see was the "hole" and where his nose was going to be.


16 posted on 05/29/2005 11:44:55 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; need_a_screen_name
More Crazy Horse images
17 posted on 05/29/2005 11:52:22 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more work horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: marymc

Crazy Horse, Paris, France. Forget the names, remember romance.


18 posted on 05/29/2005 12:18:57 PM PDT by WildHorseCrash
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To: Dust in the Wind

"Hope this works for you."


Thanks. I saw a similar picture over on the crazyhorse website. The reason I was wondering about all of this, is because it appears there isn't enough granite in certain places to carve it exaxtly like the model.


19 posted on 05/29/2005 12:25:35 PM PDT by need_a_screen_name
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To: ApplegateRanch

Thanks. It doesn't look like there is enough rock behind the figure's head for all of the flowing hair to be carved. I don't know. Maybe.


20 posted on 05/29/2005 12:28:02 PM PDT by need_a_screen_name
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To: in the Arena

Ping.


21 posted on 05/29/2005 12:33:32 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: kingsurfer

According to the Indians themselves, it's more of not wanting anything to do with the government that took their land from them.


22 posted on 05/29/2005 1:37:51 PM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: need_a_screen_name

"I wish there was a graphic of the finsished outline superimposed over the existing rock. Anyonre ever see one?"


yep...it's out there...saw it years ago.


23 posted on 05/29/2005 1:50:30 PM PDT by TET1968
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To: TET1968; All
I was up there back in 1996. Saw the monument. Saw the face and that was pretty much it.

I was up there last April. Saw the same thing, just the face. New buildings and a $9.00 charge to get into the place.

Kind of disappointed.

24 posted on 05/29/2005 5:26:00 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (U.S. Military = Defenders of Freedom, Freedom Fighters, Democracy Fighters!)
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To: lizol; anonymoussierra; Vorthax; Polak z Polski; Grzegorz 246; Lukasz; JoAnka; warsaw44
Ziolkowski began sculpting the mountain on June 3, 1948. He doggedly pursued it for the rest of his life,

Crazy Horse bump!

25 posted on 05/29/2005 5:28:40 PM PDT by A. Pole (Mandarin Meng-tzu: "The duty of the ruler is to ensure the prosperous livelihood of his subjects.")
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To: GulfWar1Vet
I was up there back in 1996. Saw the monument. Saw the face and that was pretty much it. I was up there last April. Saw the same thing, just the face.

What do you expect in only 10 years? :) I was a year old when they started on this thing. We used to vacation in the Black Hills every fall and we would always look for changes. By the time I was in college, the top of the arm was almost leveled off. The changes in the last 20 years have outpaced those of the first 20, for sure.

Wonder if I will live long enough to see it completed?
26 posted on 05/29/2005 6:14:11 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: All

http://tomstores.com/6042.html

http://www.scissons.com/genealogy/bigman.html

http://college.hmco.com/history/readerscomp/naind/html/na_042200_warriorsandw.htm

http://www.americanwest.com/pages/indians.htm

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/6524/americanindians.htm


27 posted on 05/29/2005 6:16:39 PM PDT by anonymoussierra (In te credo, in te spero, te amo, te adoro, beata Trinitas unus Deus)
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To: goldfinch
LoL..I dunno! I least thought they would have the finger done!!

Guess I am impatient, eh? LoL

28 posted on 05/29/2005 6:29:56 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (U.S. Military = Defenders of Freedom, Freedom Fighters, Democracy Fighters!)
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To: marymc

No, it's a malt liquor.


29 posted on 05/29/2005 10:01:31 PM PDT by PatoLoco
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To: jiggyboy

"not wanting anything to do with the government that took their land,..."

It would seem that way on the surface.

An awesome book by Stephen Ambrose, "Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors" indicates that the best of all possible strategies for defeating the Plains Indians was to force them off of their hunting grounds and into reservations, where they became dependent on the U.S. Government for food and care.

Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman - the same officer who led the march to Atlanta - originally strategized to defeat the Indians (and protect the railways) through crushing military force. The only problem with this plan was that the indians had no desire to go toe to toe with this superior military force. They wouldn't stand still long enough to be crushed by Sherman. Frustrated, he found that making the Indians dependent on our government, stripping them of their "warrior culture" and tribal customs was the most effective way to subdue them.

Does this recipe sound familiar to you!!!

Crazy Horse was an unwilling, yet pragmatic, statesman, a conflicted leader and an honorable warrior - an American warrior. Custer and Crazy Horse had many things in common, including a contempt for those who would simply abdicate their liberty for the largesse of a government program.

Accepting government money for this monument would be a mockery of Crazy Horse's legacy, while individual contributions towards a monument - that the man himself would almost certainly find a confusing and ridiculous spectacle - would probably be a fitting homage.


30 posted on 05/29/2005 10:57:49 PM PDT by incredulous joe ("Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it")
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To: SmithL
If Crazy horse really was crazy. Then perhaps Medicare could help defray some of the costs.

Seriously I hope to visit the area in 08 and it will be on the list of things to see. I hope they do well. :o)
31 posted on 05/29/2005 11:10:11 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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Personally, I was rooting for Custer!


32 posted on 07/08/2005 3:26:06 PM PDT by dbehsman (One Wellstone memorial (rave party) is enough, thank you!)
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