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Multi-cultural demonstrations at Mount Rushmore

8/13/2008
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial Superintendent Gerard Baker invites the public to attend multi-cultural demonstrations August 17 through August 19 in conjunction with the filming for the PBS five-part series, Untold Stories, to be aired in the fall of 2009.Untold Stories, produced by Florentine Films in partnership with WETA TV, Washington, D.C. and film makers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, will highlight the untold accounts of American heritage in national parks. The series will be available on Public Broadcast System DVD, streamed on the companion web site, and made available for use in community, education and park settings throughout the country to accompany the 2009 Ken Burns PBS documentary on America’s National Parks. 
 
To celebrate American heritage at Mount Rushmore, cultural groups and performers who have presented in the past at the memorial are returning to highlight their traditions, culture and music for a wider audience through the Untold Stories series. The Voices of Faith Choir from Faith Temple in Rapid City, South Dakota, will perform gospel music at the Mount Rushmore amphitheater, Sunday, August 17, at 6:00 p.m. preceding the evening lighting program which will begin at 8:00 p.m. On Monday, August 18, the Germans from Russia Heritage Society will demonstrate history, heritage and dance at the Cultural Exploration Area at the Grand View Terrace from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. On Tuesday, August 19, Jasmine Pickner, Lakota Hoop Dancer, will perform at the Grand View Terrace at 9:30 a.m. On Tuesday, August 19, the Sons of Norway will demonstrate crafts, history and dance at the Exploration Area and Grand View Terrace from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. National Park Service cultural interpreters will share Native history and provide educational demonstrations at the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota Heritage village 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. August 17 through August 19 as they do throughout the summer.
 
Interpretation and education outreach at Mount Rushmore has expanded to include the stories of the original inhabitants of the Black Hills region and the history of the tribes for whom this is the ancestral homeland. In honor of the contributions to the country made by the Native people and by the people from around the world who have made their home in this area, Mount Rushmore serves as a venue for the stories of these living cultures and the demonstration of arts, crafts, music, dance and language that is preserved and passed down to future generations. The goal of the expanded experiences at Mount Rushmore is to develop understanding, respect and friendship among the people of the nation that the memorial represents and the citizens of our global community who share the vision of freedom and democracy.
 
For further information on the Florentine Films project and multicultural activities at Mount Rushmore, please contact Rhonda Schier, Acting Chief of Interpretation, at 605-574-3134.   
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