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Crazy Horse Memorial SD Korczak Ziolkowski 1/1200 Scale Monument Ceramic Figure

Crazy Horse Memorial SD Korczak Ziolkowski 1/1200 Scale Monument Ceramic Figure

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Crazy Horse Memorial Black Hills South Dakota Korczak Ziolkowski 1/1,200 Scale Monument Ceramic Figure

"My lands are where my dead lie buried..."

This listing is for a vintage made in the USA ceramic souvenir replica of the Crazy Horse Memorial currently under construction in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The piece measures approximately 5 inches tall by 5-1/2 inches long by 2-1/2 inches wide which is 1/1,200 scale of the actual monument's finished measurements of 563 feet tall by 641 feet long by 250 feet wide.  This vintage ceramic figurine was originally offered for sale at the Crazy Horse Memorial® Mountain benefitting the nonprofit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation© which funds the construction of the memorial, funding The Indian Museum of North America®, The Native American Educational and Cultural Center®, and The Indian University of North America®.

The The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction on Thunderhead Mountain, privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota.  It will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, riding a horse and pointing to his tribal land.  The memorial was commissioned by Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota elder, sculpted by the late Korczak Ziolkowski.  It is operated by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization.  The mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is to protect and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the North American Indians.  The Foundation demonstrates its commitment to this endeavor by carving the memorial of Lakota leader Crazy Horse; by providing educational and cultural programming, and serving as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts, and crafts.

The monument is being carved out of Thunderhead Mountain, on land considered sacred by some Oglala Lakota, between Custer and Hill City, roughly 17 miles from Mount Rushmore.  The sculpture's final dimensions are planned to be 641 feet long and 563 feet high making it the second largest sculpture in the world.  The arm of Crazy Horse will be 263 feet long and the head 87 feet high; by comparison, the heads of the four U.S. Presidents at Mount Rushmore are each 60 feet high.  Until the Statue of Unity was completed in 2018 in India, the Crazy Horse Memorial was destined to be the largest.  The monument has been in progress since 1948 and is far from completion.  On November 7, 1939, Henry Standing Bear wrote to the Polish-American sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, who worked on Mount Rushmore under Gutzon Borglum  "My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes, too."

Standing Bear also wrote a letter to Undersecretary Oscar Chapman of the Department of the Interior, offering all his own fertile 900 acres in exchange for the barren mountain for the purpose of paying honor to Crazy Horse.  The government responded positively, and the U.S. Forest Service, responsible for the land, agreed to grant a permit for the use of the land, with a commission to oversee the project.  Standing Bear chose not to seek government funds and relied instead upon influential Americans interested in the welfare of the American Indian to privately fund the project.  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 vision of his people.
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