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The Crazy Horse Memorial is a tribute to Native Americans. The project has accepted no government money since it began in 1948.
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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
The visitor center at the Crazy Horse Memorial features a lot of history about the project and on Native Americans.
A view from the backside of the Crazy Horse Memorial. It's being made "in-the-round."
The Crazy Horse Memorial is 563 feet tall and 641 feet long, making it the world's largest sculpture.
A 1/34th model of the memorial sits at the visitor center.
The Crazy Horse Memorial has been in the works since 1948. It was begun so Native Americans could have a shrine to their leaders near Mount Rushmore.
When complete, the Crazy Horse Memorial will feature the Lakota's top war chief, riding a horse, pointing to the prairie where his people once roamed.
With Crazy Horse's face complete, workers are now working on his hand and the horse's head.
How the Crazy Horse monument looked when Michael Pearce first saw it as a 10-year-old boy.
How the Crazy Horse Memorial appeared when last seen by Michael Pearce in 1993.
A painting of Korczak Ziolkowski, the world-class sculptor who game up a promising career to start the Crazy Horse Memorial.
Casimir Ziolkowski has been working on the Crazy Horse Memorial for most of his 50 years. Many family members are involved with the project.
A gathering of Lakota survivors of the Battle of the Little Bighorn that gathered in the Black HIlls about the time the Crazy Horse Memorial was created.
Ruth Ziolkowski, almost 90-years-old, has been over-seeing the project started by her late-husband, Korczak, for more than 25 years.
A copy of the letter Chief Henry Standing Bear sent to Korczak Ziolkowski asking him to make a monument to Native Americans.
A view from Crazy Horse's outstretched arm. The mountain is one of the highest in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Korczak Ziiolkowski, left, and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear, the man who asked the world-class scuptor to under-take the monumental project.
Crazy Horse's face is about 22 stories tall. Note the man standing by his chin.
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