Free Lakota story and song program at Crazy Horse

A news release from Crazy Horse Memorial:

CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL – Harriet Brings once saw her grandfather George Plenty Wolf talk a porcupine out of some quills.
“He did not have to kill it,” she said. “He talked with it, the porcupine came over and grandfather just pulled out some of the quills. Then we just left some food and backed away.”
Brings, a seasonal cultural specialist at Crazy Horse Memorial, will share some of her Oglala Lakota family’s stories during the free 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, program at the Memorial’s visitor center.
Her daughter, Ailine Maea, also will sing traditional songs and demonstrate sign language. A college senior, she has toured Germany as a Native American ambassador.
Brings teaches Lakota language and some Oglala traditions and ceremonies to North Middle School sixth and seventh graders in Rapid City. She has taught the elective cultural appreciation course for three years, previously working as a Title 7 program cultural specialist throughout the Rapid City school district.
From the Red Cloud community, Brings said her Pine Ridge Reservation tiospaye (extended family) maintains the cultural traditions, including speaking Lakota exclusively at home. She learned about history, including about her ancestors Man Afraid of His Horse and Clown Horse. And her maternal grandparents, George Plenty Wolf and Julia Dirt Kettle, taught her about plants, birds and animals while guiding her on trips to gather natural medicines.
The mother-daughter story and song presentation will conclude this year’s weekly Summer Performance and Lecture Series at Crazy Horse.
People attending the Thursday program are admitted free to Crazy Horse Memorial with three cans of food per person for the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive. Audience members also are welcome to tour the visitor complex, see the Lakota Family Dancers on the viewing deck at 7 p.m., and stay for the “Legends in Light” laser-light show presentation at 8:30 p.m.
For more information, e-mail, visit or call 673-4681.
Open every day year-round, Crazy Horse Memorial is on U.S. Highway 16/385 between Hill City and Custer.

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