21769
Rapid City
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
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,299
Special Offer
Flights start at
FREE
Getting There
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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, meet with an author and photographer to interpret photographic images from the expedition and much more.
Activity Level
Moderate
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

Program limited to 160 participants, but group divided into smaller groups for most activities.
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Stephen Yellowhawk
Stephen Yellowhawk was born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in Eagle Butte, S.D., and was raised in Rapid City by his grandparents, Gerald and Johanna Yellowhawk. He was first inspired to dance by his uncle, Jim Yellowhawk, a world-renowned artist, and has been sharing his talents for traditional dance since he was 14 years old. Stephen received a bachelor’s in elementary education from Oglala Lakota College, and is actively pursuing a master’s degree in leadership and management, with the goal of becoming a leader in Indian education. He is currently employed at the Okiciyapi Wellness Center as a health technician, providing guidance to Native American diabetic patients, and serves as the board president for the Black Hills Powwow Association.
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