South Dakota

Great American Get-Together at Mount Rushmore

Join other lifelong learners at Mount Rushmore and participate in a range of events, from lectures to a traditional powwow — this one is not to be missed!
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Program No. 21769RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Join lifelong learners from around the nation in the Black Hills of South Dakota on a quest for discovery 40 million years in the making. During this special Great American Get-Together, journey through the epochs from the era of the dinosaurs to the present as North America’s history of exploration, conflict and discovery unfolds before you. Consider how the hands of hard-rock gold miners came to carve Mount Rushmore out of granite and consider the geology that allowed the carving of another monument to the Native leader Crazy Horse. Stand atop that monument while you examine the lives of Native Americans before and during Custer’s 1870s exploration, observe hundreds of bison thunder across the plains during the awe-inspiring annual roundup and much more.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Minimal required walking. Optional Volksmarch is six miles over hilly, rough terrain with some steep inclines.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Witness one of the last great events in the West, the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup.
  • Enjoy the rare opportunity to Volksmarch to the top of Crazy Horse Mountain, only open to the public twice a year, and also attend a powwow with Native drumming, dancing and singing.
  • Visit an active paleontological dig site that boasts the largest concentration of mammoth remains in the world!

General Notes

Large-group program. Max of 120 participants; smaller groups for daily activities.
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Stephen Yellowhawk
Stephen Yellowhawk was born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. He was first inspired to dance by his uncle, Jim Yellowhawk, and has been sharing his talents for traditional dance since he was 14 years old. He is actively pursuing a master’s degree in leadership and management in becoming a leader in Indian education. He is currently employed at the Okiciyapi Wellness Center as a health technician to Native American diabetic patients and serves as the board president for the Black Hills Powwow Association.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Stephen Yellowhawk
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