According to Lakota legend, long ago there was a great race between the four-leggeds and the two-leggeds. The purpose was to determine which of the two groups of contestants would have precedence over the other. But one unintended consequence of the race was that the Black Hills were caused to come into being. The Great Race exhibit focuses on the short narrative of the race by James LaPointe (Oglala Lakota), that is in his 1976 book, Legends of the Lakota. Our exhibit divides the 1,218-word narrative into 8 “passages.”

One of the innovative aspects of this exhibit is that each of the passages will be interpreted or illustrated by four types of artworks—a 2-D artwork, a 3-D artwork, a poem and a musical score or song—thereby creating what we are calling “vignettes.” These eight vignettes will recount the Great Race narrative using LaPointe’s words along with artworks by 32 contemporary Lakota artists: eight poets, eight painters, eight musicians and eight 3-dimension artists.

Exhibit partners are the Journey Museum and Learning Center, and the Rapid City Area Schools’ Office of Indian Education.

Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS)

  1. (605)685-6484

Journey Museum and Learning Center

(605) 394-6923

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Alyssa Hicks

Anjelica Brackins

Barb Wicks

Brian & Arla Price

Colby Christensen

Dahl Arts Center

Deb Daly

Doris Hicks

Douglas School District Music Dept.

Jim Speirs

Joyce Lorenzen

Jr Bettelyoun

Kathleen Walker

Katy Wright

Lane Madsen

Lois Jackson

Mark Slocum

Marla Maynard

Mary Maxon

Michele McIntosh

Millie Sully

Pat Fralick

Peter Strong

Ruby Holsather

Roxann Meyer

Tammy Misselt

Teresa Olson

Terri Fried

Tracy Somerset

Troy Kilpatrick

Valerie Knauer

Great Race Exhibit




March 4-April 15, and May 20-June 25, 2016

Journey Museum and Learning Center

222 New York St

Rapid City, SD 57701



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Wopila Tanka/Thank You

This exhibit is made possible in large part by encouragement and financial support from good people and organizations nearby and far away. If you would like to join the persons and organizations listed below in supporting the Great Race, we will be grateful. Click here for more information about supporting this exhibit. All donations will be recognized and are tax deductible.



Cyrus Albright

Dale Lamphere

Gabrielle Seeley

Exhibit Staff

Craig Howe, PhD

Exhibit Curator

Tyler Young

Exhibit Manager

Corey Bettelyoun

Exhibit Technician



Ari Albright

Foundation for the Preservation of American Indian Art and Culture

Hopa Mountain

Lois K. Howe

Vignette Receptions

Community organizations from the Black Hills region that focus on American Indians are hosting public receptions at the Journey Museum for the artists of each vignette. The reception dates and organization names are below. Please join us in thanking them for supporting this exhibit.

Left: Exhibit artists Ann-erika White Bird, Roger Broer, Angela Babby and Keith BraveHeart (r-l).