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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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We were on a bus tour and this was one of our stops. I really enjoyed most of the exhibits both... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Surf City, North Carolina
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Kevin Costner'sTatanka - the Bison Museum

We visited Tatanka, Story of the Bison in early October 2017 - the museum is captivating, the... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
El Segundo, California
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1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
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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

Thank Dar411
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
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!!!

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
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

1  Thank bjm1271
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!

1  Thank 624deannaj
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
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We stopped here while on a bus tour. I had never heard of the place. While on the bus, they showed a video of Kevin Costner talking about the whole project. All during our bus tour, we learned about the terrible treatment of the Indians,...More

Thank MVPinBoynton
Reviewed 4 October 2017

I didn't know what to expect, but our guide, Phil, opened my eyes to the history of my country and the Lakota people and the bison. I think everyone should see and hear about the lives of the Native American people and the bison as...More

Thank PhyllisK392
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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.
Willy D
24 January 2016|
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Response from Willy D |
why were bison so important to plains indians
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.