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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” (124 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"
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"native americans"
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"bronze sculptures"
in 20 reviews
"buffalo jump"
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"kevin costner"
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"short film"
in 7 reviews
"plains indians"
in 5 reviews
"life size"
in 6 reviews
"gift shop and snack bar"
in 3 reviews
"interpretive center"
in 5 reviews
"small museum"
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"black hills"
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"south dakota"
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"well worth the visit"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Kevin Costner's interest in bison stems from his movie Dances With Wolves. I forget how balanced the movie was, but this exhibit really only presents the Indians' side of the story. Several hands-on exhibits illustrate how every part of the bison was used to make...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great exhibit to stop, view, and learn about the history of the bison and the culture that used every single part of the bison to survive. There is a small museum, gift shop, and scheduled talks by local Lakota. The main exhibit,...More

Thank Lisa J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The story of the bison with a short video and a museum with costumes and such from Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves. The sculptures were commissioned by Costner for his hotel which was never built. Instead he focused on this for his sculptures and they...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent about an hour and a half here. We were lucky enough to get here in time for the presentation by a member of the Lakota tribe. He was extremely informative and interesting. We also watched a short film about how the center came...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The movie starring Kevin Costner was great. The statues, out back, of bison and Indians seemed like they were alive. I was very emotional. It was amazing to hear of all the ways the Indians used bison after killing them. It's a must see.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great history, kind staff and a view to die for. You'll see move props and an actual Lakota gentleman is often there for information.

Thank 199gomeza
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thank you to Kevin Costner for investing in this museum and sculpture. The film explaining how the site came to fruition was fascinating. Our kids loved seeing and touching the many ways a bison was used by native Americans. My husband and I enjoyed seeing...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed this, the movie with Kevin Costner at the beginning is a must see to appreciate the museum and bronze statues. The view from the back where the statues are is amazing. The buffalo and Indians seem real and it is...More

Thank Kate S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The world owes a debt of gratitude to Kevin Costner for bringing the dream of this attraction to reality, and to the staff and docents for continuing to bring his dream to life. Tatanka tells an important historical story overlooked by nearly every other museum...More

Thank Nebraska O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is very interesting history of the importance of the buffalo to the Indians. Beautiful sculptures, movie costumes, etc. Would probably go back next visit.

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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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