16 Jun Monumental Projects
My projects with Mount Rushmore National Memorial this year is to create social media content, develop communications planning, and contribute high quality photographs to build the digital library. This project focuses on content related to Mount Rushmore and Native American Heritage Month. I will come up with ideas on how Mount Rushmore can improve, grow and organize social media posts and the digital library. The significant media I’ll gather regards ranger talks, rangers at work, evening lighting ceremonies, intern talks, and the resource and maintenance team. This will tell the story of what Mount Rushmore represents and the rangers that care for our national parks.
Native American Heritage month will highlight their culture, history, events, and talks. The three cultures bearers are Lakota, and their names are Darrel Red Cloud, Starr Chief Eagle, and Sequoia Cross White. All three work for the memorial and bring different perspectives on their Native American heritage. Darrel Red Cloud is the great-great-grandson of Chief Red Cloud. He speaks in the Heritage Village and shares stories from his family as a young child. The knowledge and history he shares is to educate people who visit the memorial of the Lakota people and the misconception many have of the history of the Black Hills and Indigenous culture. Starr Chief Eagle is a hoop dancer in a male-dominated sport; she is one of the few women who compete in the sport. Her hoop dancing represents the different stages of her life through animal shapes, geometric shapes, and creatures. Currently, she will compete in a world hoop dance contest in February 2024 located in the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Sequoia Cross-White represents Lakota culture through dance and music. While honoring his ancestors’ traditions by using handmade flutes and musical recordings. His music is a mix of hip-hop, rock, and Indian heritage lyrics.
Through my work of gathering digital content and assisting with the creation of the Native American Heritage Month Communications Plan, I feel that I am making significant contributions to the communications community of Mount Rushmore.