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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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Wonderful!

Phillip our guide was wonderful. He was very informative, we learned a lot about the bison and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Christi B
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Miles City
via mobile
Great small museum

I arrived at the museum at the same time as a presentation was being given to a group about life as... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Manoau2002
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Moose Jaw, Canada
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“bison” (113 reviews)
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1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
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"bison"
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"native americans"
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"buffalo jump"
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"bronze sculptures"
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"kevin costner"
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"gift shop"
in 26 reviews
"plains indians"
in 5 reviews
"life size"
in 6 reviews
"short film"
in 4 reviews
"outdoor sculptures"
in 3 reviews
"american woman"
in 3 reviews
"small museum"
in 10 reviews
"interpretive center"
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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 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 3 days 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 5 days 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.

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Reviewed 6 days 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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Let me say they have parking, small store, refreshments easy access, all around the bronze sculptures, walkers, wheel chairs and buggies have no problem. This is a must stop very interesting. The Tatanka story, the Native American Indians story how they lived on a daily...More

Thank R477YNmariab
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We really enjoyed visiting this small museum dedicated to the bison and built by Kevin Costner. There is a short film at the beginning then exhibits to see such as clothing from the movie Dances with Wolves. This is one of my favorite movies so...More

Thank houstonnative47
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Visited here during my Tour of National Parks and Canyon Country, the guy who spoke was pleasant, may of said he grew up in Canada, can’t remember, I certainly remember him talking a lot about Dances With Wolves, the statues outside were pretty cool and...More

Thank CatchBooker
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

We were on a bus tour and this was one of our stops. I really enjoyed most of the exhibits both inside & outside. It was very interesting to see how the Bison were driven off the cliff for hunting & how there was no...More

1  Thank GeorgeH-LI_NY-ExPat
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

We visited Tatanka, Story of the Bison in early October 2017 - the museum is captivating, the sculptored bisons, horses and their native american riders splendid. Susan Caldwell, the manager is a most gracious and helpful person. One mile from Deadwood, it is a must...More

Thank Dar411
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

This is a jaw dropping sculpture of an Indian buffalo hunt. You must see it. If my memory is correct, the lady who did this is from S.D. and was commissioned by the lead actor, Kevin Costner, of Dances With Wolves. To say the very...More

1  Thank Jeanne M
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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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