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Five Against The Mountain: Building The Crazy Horse Monument

In 1939, a monument similar to Mount Rushmore was requested in order to immortalize on sacred ground the Oglala Lakota war hero, Crazy Horse, and to celebrate the Indian Nation. In 1948, a small group of craftsmen took over the monumental task of sculpting the mountain into a man. “Crazy Horse” documents the devotion they give each day in pursuit of perfection. It’s the story of five men against the mountain.

The Crazy Horse monument is a task which will surpass the team’s lifetime. Like all well-crafted achievements, it will not only live on as a tribute to those it represents, but as a tribute to the perseverance of those who built it.

Read "Capturing Crazy Horse: Filming on the mountain" about the production of this short documentary. To learn more about the effort to build the memorial and to contribute via donation, please visit

Other films in the series:
The Factory
S.B. Foot Tannery
Shoe Repair
Hallett Docks, Duluth MN
The Puritan Stitch Machine
The Crazy Horse Monument
The World's Biggest Boot
An Enduring Spirit - Detroit

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