Crazy Horse Memorial 

“I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred tree of life and the whole earth will become one circle again.“

-Crazy Horse 

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“Crazy Horse resisted being photographed and was deliberately buried
where his grave would not be found. Ziolkowski envisioned the monument
as a metaphoric tribute to the spirit of Crazy Horse and Native
Americans. He reportedly said, “My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
His extended hand on the monument is to symbolize that statement.[15]Elaine Quiver, a descendant of an aunt of Crazy Horse,[19]
said in 2003 that the elder Standing Bear should not have independently
petitioned Ziolkowski to create the memorial, because Lakota “culture”
dictates consensus from family members for such a decision, which was
not obtained before the first rock was dynamited in 1948.[20] She said:They don’t respect our culture because we didn’t give permission for
someone to carve the sacred Black Hills where our burial grounds are.
They were there for us to enjoy and they were there for us to pray. But
it wasn’t meant to be carved into images, which is very wrong for all of
us. The more I think about it, the more it’s a desecration of our
Indian culture. Not just Crazy Horse, but all of us.[20]Seth Big Crow, whose great-grandmother was an aunt of Crazy Horse (the Lakota are a matrilineal
culture), said he wondered about the millions of dollars which the
Ziolkowski family had collected from the visitor center and shops
associated with the memorial, and “the amount of money being generated
by his ancestor’s name”. He said:Or did it give them free hand to try to take over the name and make
money off it as long as they’re alive and we’re alive? When you start
making money rather than to try to complete the project, that’s when, to
me, it’s going off in the wrong direction.[20]Other traditional Lakota oppose the memorial. In his 1972 autobiography, John Fire Lame Deer, a Lakota medicine man,
said: “The whole idea of making a beautiful wild mountain into a statue
of him is a pollution of the landscape. It is against the spirit of
Crazy Horse.”[21] In a 2001 interview, the Lakota activist Russell Means said: “Imagine going to the holy land in Israel, whether you’re a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim, and start carving up the mountain of Zion. It’s an insult to our entire being.”[22]


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