Korczak was buried in a tomb built at the base of the mountain, instructing his wife to carry on the work but “to do so slowly, so as to do it right.” He meticulously trained his children in the art of sculpting rock through the years so they would be prepared for the task.
He also carved his own epitaph, cutting words into a three-quarter inch steel plate to be put over on the door of his tomb. It reads: “Korczak — Storyteller in Stone — May His Remains Be Left Unknown.” This monument to Chief Crazy Horse was his life’s work.
Because of the enormity of the monument to Chief Crazy Horse, and because of the sensitivity to the message it expels into the world from its heights, because of the painstaking work involved over a lifetime, it is almost guaranteed that the life and story of Korczak and Chief Crazy Horse and the Native Americans they represent will not be “unknown,” contrary to his wishes.
I am convinced that the focus of his work will live forever as a reminder of this period of history and as a tribute to the Native Americans who remain an integral part of the fabric of our culture and society.
“Life,” as we enjoy and live it today, is filled with awesome experiences and moments of inspiration. The compelling pace and pressures of “keeping up” and “getting more and more stuff” often keeps us from even seeing or taking in the really essential things of life.
Take a good look at the sky, the stars and the beauty of the world around you right now. Enjoy what you have and share it with others. The “heavens” are still reflecting the glory of God.