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Tatanka: Story of the Bison

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Address: 1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
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We had an excellent time here. We had enough people (11) to warrant a presentation and it was awesome and very interesting. Mavis made us feel right at home and taught us a lot... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2016
Linda L
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Clearwater, Florida
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Really wanted to go here and see the sculptures of the buffalo, get the feeling Kevin Costner had when planning Tatanka, and honor the Native Americans whose lives required bison/buffalo. It just wasn't evident today. It is understaffed and the displays need serious attention. The sculptures remain but the landscape surrounding them needs to be cleaned up. Disappointed.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

We had an excellent time here. We had enough people (11) to warrant a presentation and it was awesome and very interesting. Mavis made us feel right at home and taught us a lot about her culture and past. We enjoyed her and the presentation. The outside was as interesting as the inside. I would recommend for all ages

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Fairfax, California
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Make sure you listen to kevin costners opening day ceremony. He speaks eloquently about the history of the native Americans.

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Charlotte, NC
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This attraction, owned and funded by Kevin Costner, has a nice visitors center and some exceptionally fine sculptures of American Bison, along with a nice gift shop and American Indian artifacts. Well worth a stop.

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Houston, Texas
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

The Lakota man gave a very detailed history of daily life as it used to be in his tribe. He told how to build a teepee and all of the ways the bison was used in daily life. There is an amazing bronze sculpture of warriors driving bison to their death. It is very detailed and beautiful positioned outside. There... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

I suggest skipping the 20 minute video of Kevin Costner’s attempt as an entrepreneur. Do go and enjoy the "Lakota Bison Jump" by local artist Peggy Detmers. Take the time to get several pictures from different angles and you will later see what your eyes missed the first time.

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Algonquin, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

This is a must see when in Deadwood - the history of the Lakota and the Bison. Once you see and hear of the relationship between the two, make sure to step out back and take in the sculptures commissioned by Costner.

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Audubon, Minnesota
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2016

Very interest, short video by Kevin Costner started our visit. We then came to another area and listened to a Rosebud Indian tell about the Tatanka and some history of the Native American Indians. We were given an opportunity to ask any questions and then could visit the bronze sculptures outside, check out the Interpretive Center and/or check out the... More 

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Longview, Washington
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

I was hoping to see some Bison's but Kevin Costner commissioned sculptures of bison and the Indians hunting them was very good. I have seen Bison in parks and that was great but this puts the whole story of the Indians in a different perspective. Get there early as they close the gate at 4:30PM

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Barry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Arrived at the exibit on a tour out of Deadwood. It is a small venue but very interesting to hear about the lives of the Lakota tribes and their relationship with the Bison. We were given a talk by an native american for 20 minutes he talked about his people and also answered all questions asked of him. Then he... More 

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