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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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Museum and sculptures

We really enjoyed visiting this small museum dedicated to the bison and built by Kevin Costner... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
houstonnative47
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Missouri City, Texas
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Visited here during my Tour of National Parks and Canyon Country, the guy who spoke was pleasant... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2018
CatchBooker
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New Mills, United Kingdom
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1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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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

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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

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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

1  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

2  Thank Jeanne M
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

What a lovely tribute to our American Indians and Tatanka!!! Wish we had more time to partake in the lecture. I would love to come back in warmer weather and revisit!!!

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

If you are in the area, it is a great spot to spend an hour or so learning about the Native Americans and bison relationship. Founded by Keven Costner after his Dancing With Wolves movie. Be sure to see the DVD about how this museum...More

1  Thank rkw321
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

If you have any interest in Native American history or even a fan of the movie Dances with Wolves, I recommend visiting if in the area. We drove up from Keystone to spend the day in Deadwood. The introduction video was really interesting in seeing...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Learned how the Native Americans used the Bison (they didn't waste anything). The sculptures are amazing and so detailed! Great learning experience!

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Very neat experience. Very close to Deadwood about a mile away and unlike anything I have seen in my travels around the area.

1  Thank johnmescott
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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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