Art and rodeo at Crazy Horse

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CRAZY HORSE, S.D. - Dust surrounded horse and rider under the bright, hot sun while artists, under the shade of a knotty pine roof, displayed and demonstrated their work at the 10th annual Gift From Mother Earth Art Show and Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo.

More than 30 artists participated in the juried art show at Crazy Horse Memorial. Visitors to the mountain carving were treated with a tour through the new visitor's center where many of the artists displayed paintings, beadwork, quillwork, jewelry, sculpture, leatherwork and more.

"It was a great success. This is a giant step toward reconciliation. If people can play together and work together they can live together," said Anne Ziolkowski, director for the Gift From Mother Earth weekend and of the Indian Museum of North America.

Artists from across the country display their work, representing the Navajo, Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, Choctaw, Cree and Chickasaw nations and Ecuador.

The June 9-11 events were dedicated to people who dream. The family of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski continues to proceed on the mountain carving dedicated to American Indians in North American, the family says.

Ziolkowski began the project at the request of Henry Standing Bear an Oglala from Pine Ridge, who both shared the dream to honor the hero of the American Indian, printed material from the memorial states.

"Today the dream of Crazy Horse Memorial has been embraced by both Native American and non-Native people and people around the world who have seen or heard about Crazy Horse. It is a dream that was larger than one man's life, but so powerful that it is being carried on by those he left behind at Crazy Horse and by dreamers everywhere," the dedication stated.

The artists who demonstrate and display their work at Crazy Horse continue their dreams and follow their passion to the benefit of all who experience or buy their works. For the cowboys, the dream of staying on a crazed bull for eight seconds or riding to the top of the profession are what the weekend events are all about, participants said.

Two rodeos bring together some of best cowboys from the region and nationally. It is the first outdoor rodeo in the Badlands Circuit. The Great Plains Indian Rodeo starts the weekend and a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeo completes it. American Indian cowboys can ride in both rodeos, if they qualify. In fact, Chad Brunsch, of Kyle, won the PRCA bareback, but lost the bareback to Shane Clifford of Porcupine in the GPIRA rodeo.

All-around cowboy for the GPIRA was Spike Guardipee, Fort Yates, N.D. He won the steer wrestling with a 5.44 and the team roping with a 7.64. His partner in the team roping was Don Bettelyoun of Pine Ridge.

Tracy Robinson, Ashland, Mont., won calf roping with a 10.35; Jeremy Meeks, Interior, won saddle bronc with a 76; Dondee Krowlikowski, Interior, had a 5.59 to win in Ladies' Breakaway, and Ladies Barrel Racing was won by Rene Ecoffey, Wounded Knee, with a 14.49. Junior Small, Lame Deer, Mont., took the Senior Breakaway with a 3.89; and Ray Janis, of Kyle, won bull riding with a 74.

There are seven categories to the Juried Art show. In jewelry, Jabal Debbie Brosspay won top honors with a tooled, stamped necklace. Tom and Joanna Winter Chaser won the crafts division with a Traditional dancer's breast plate. Jim Yellow Hawk of Rapid City won the top two spots in the painting category with his Intertribal Everybody Dance and Official Indian car. A beaded basket by Navajo artist Alice Toney won top honors for beadwork. Graham Pettman won the Sculpture division with his Celebration. A leather drum created by Joe Fire Crow was best in Leather, and Dorothy Brave Eagle won the Quillwork category with a quilled marriage bag.