Tashunka Witco's Crazy Horse Memorial

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Crazy Horse was phenomenal in his actions and therefore needed a just as phenomenal monument. The Crazy Horse Memorial, a huge face carved into a mountain lies in South Dakota. Carved in 1948, it became a legacy as soon as the public knew about it. It inspired many to do similar and to learn about Crazy Horse, an enormously important person to American history that not many people knew about. The Crazy Horse Memorial who symbolizes himself and his actions, the beauty of art and carving, and is talked about to this day. Tashunka Witco or Crazy Horse, born in 1840, was an Oglala Sioux Native American. He was born near present day Rapid City, South Dakota and immediately in love with his home and preserving it. He worked his way to Chief and…show more content…
He, like Crazy Horse, felt very strongly in his want to preserve his culture. Henry, being Crazy Horse’s, seized his remembrance to make a monument in memorial of him. He wanted to honor his dear cousin and as he said, “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes also (Chief Henry Standing Bear-The Original Dreamer 1).” Standing Bear was determined in the building of this monument. He would not rest until there was a memorial, which honored his people, was located in the Black Hills, and was equally large in scope and vision as the memorial being carved at Mt. Rushmore. At one point, he even approached Gutzon Borglum to advocate for a Native American addition to the Shrine of Democracy (Chief Henry Standing Bear-The Original Dreamer 1). Borglum likely dismissed the idea as no such addition transpired; however, Standing Bear refused to give up. His continued search would eventually lead him to prize-winning sculptor, Korczak…show more content…
He believed strongly that the Black Hills, because of the spiritual significance to the Lakota people, was the only appropriate place for such a memorial (Chief Henry Standing Bear-The Original Dreamer 2). He also had the idea for the monument to be a carving of Crazy Horse’s face because originally they wanted his face to be put along those in Mount Rushmore but later settled on carving it somewhere else. The full vision of the carving is actually a full body sculpture of Crazy Horse, riding a horse and pointing off into the distance, still not

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