Was much more interesting than I expected. Really enjoyed the sculpture with the bison worth the visit.
Stopped here as part of a tour. We had already seen the video explaining Kevin Costner's aims in setting up Tatanka. We had an informative talk from a native American then went to look at the sculptures which were absolutely amazing. There is a small gift shop and cafe. Although enjoyable I felt that there could be more - maybe... More
This place isn't big but the figures of the buffalo drop is WORTH the trip and price. I was on a tour and got to question a old chief in the coolest hat. Found of there sketches on sale were drawn by one of the Indians and are so beautiful. (Billy something?) Regret buying one. The museum is the story... More
One of my favorite movies is" Dances With Wolves". Kevin Costner purchased the land where this attraction stands as a sort of thank you since the movie was filmed in South Dakota, and to acknowledge the importance of the buffalo to Native Americans and their way of life. The museum contains costumes worn in the movie, a movie of the... More
The statues are awesome. BUT the ground were unkempt, nothing else was going on... The "museum" was tiny... I kept thinking of all the things that could have been happening on the grounds - Craftsman, native teachings, etc... For the price I just wasn't that thrilled. The video at the beginning was a sort of glorification of Kevin Costner (the... More
we stumbled across this place looking for The Lodge at Deadwood. It has a beautiful gift shop and very friendly staff. We chose not to tour the museum because we thought the price was a little high for what we could see from the parking lot. $7.50 per person.
We were really excited about seeing this museum because we loved Dances With Wolves.....we arrived just after the actual tour started and were told we could catch up with them...By the time we "caught up" the tour guide was thru talking and we rounded a corner and there were the bronze statues.... not as impressive a sight as it could... More
This is very easy to find and good parking also. Costs are $7.50 per person if i remember right unless you are 65 or older. Nice building and grounds and the history is great. You might be expecting bigger but what they have is very nice.
Had a great time at Tatanka. Enjoyed reading all of the information in the exhibits and seeing all of the artifacts and pictures displayed. My favorite was the walking trail and the incredible bison statues. This is an educational stop...but also a visual feast between the bison statues and beautiful view from near the statues.
If you are in the Deadwood area, I recomend a visit to Tatanka on U.S. Highway 85 – One mile north of Deadwood to learn the story of the bison and experience the richness of the Lakota people. Tatanka is a Lakota word that literally means “bull buffalo,” but Tatanka meant more than that. Ceremonies and daily life revolved around... More
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