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Also, please enjoy these photographs of the historic round barn at Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns outside Rapid City, SD. Lakota artist Godfrey Broken Rope painted the murals, which depict scenes around the Black Hills, on the inside the SBCC barn in the 1930s. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From the 1930s to the 1950s, the barn was a site where commerce and cultural survival intermingled. It hosted the “Duhamel Sioux Indian Pageant,” where Lakotas performed daily for tourists on the SBCC grounds, earning vital income during the dearth years of the Great Depression. The pageant was co-organized by Black Elk–the holy man famous for John G. Neihardt’s rendering of his life in Black Elk Speaks–and Alex Duhamel, a Rapid City businessman.
Photographs by Jason Rowe.