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Tatanka: Story of the Bison

1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
+1 605-584-5678
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“bison” (116 reviews)
LOCATION
1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
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+1 605-584-5678
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"bison"
in 116 reviews
"native americans"
in 36 reviews
"bronze sculptures"
in 18 reviews
"buffalo jump"
in 18 reviews
"kevin costner"
in 95 reviews
"gift shop"
in 26 reviews
"plains indians"
in 5 reviews
"short film"
in 4 reviews
"life size"
in 6 reviews
"american woman"
in 3 reviews
"small museum"
in 10 reviews
"interpretive center"
in 3 reviews
"black hills"
in 16 reviews
"south dakota"
in 10 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 5 reviews
"crazy horse"
in 4 reviews
"history lesson"
in 4 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Since I am such a big history buff and a lover of Kevin Choster and his movies, I was really excited to go there. The large bison and indians on horseback, depicting a Buffalo Jump was amazing. The Blackhills are beautiful and while we were...More

Thank Marcialynne
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Some fun interactive artifacts and lots of memorabilia from the movie Dances With Wolves, but it is a little self promoting. There is an outdoor walk around some sculptures, but we did not do it.

Thank Heidi B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Tatanka means the "Big Beast" when referring to bison or buffalo. This is their story. Kevin Costner built this as a tribute to the bisons and the native Lakota Indian population. The large bronze sculptures are spectacular. This is the third largest bronze sculpture in...More

Thank bobca1947
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a short film, some exhibits, and a presentation.For me the highlight was walking outside, seeing the gorgeous views of the hills, and then seeing the metal sculptures of horses, bison and Lakotas.

Thank Slotmachinequeen
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We heard that this a good place to visit, but we had something of a spiritual experience. The “presentation” was phenomenal! Our guide, Billy, was so informative and good at answering our questions. He received the “high sign” that his time was up but continued...More

Thank Robin S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the movie, Dancing With Wolves. Kevin Costner built this wonderful museum to honor the bison (buffalo, tatanka) and the Native American Indians who roamed the South Dakota plains after the bison (they used all parts of the bison for their sustenance). The museum...More

Thank Lynn S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Phillip our guide was wonderful. He was very informative, we learned a lot about the bison and the Lakota. The view from the area around the bison jump sculpture was amazing! Thank you!

Thank Christi B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I arrived at the museum at the same time as a presentation was being given to a group about life as a lakota person. Very interesting presentation. The presenter seemed very open to questions and seemed to enjoy talking about his life and his people....More

Thank Manoau2002
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there on a Saturday in mid May. Only a couple other people there at the time we visited. It was interesting to hear the story of the bison.

Thank ladyme1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been very interested in seeing the buffalo/bison in this area so this place was a must. We were not disappointed, we arrived at 1p.m. And we were the only people there but we were invited to a presentation by Billy. This presentation was...More

Thank UlverstonJanet
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Ronald-Karen
10 June 2016|
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Response from Bill H | Reviewed this property |
2 miles north from downtown Deadwood on US 85, open every day 9-5. Plan to spend about a hour. If you are interested in the sculptures and other stuff, skip the lecture as it is somewhat long and dull for kids.
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Willy D
24 January 2016|
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why were bison so important to plains indians
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779janef
24 August 2015|
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Response from Bill R | Reviewed this property |
There is a small museum at Tatanka. I'd allow at least an hour to visit both it and the sculpture.
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