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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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+1 605-584-5678

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Had a fantastic guide the day we visited. He was Native American and was full of useful information. Very good!!!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a fantastic guide the day we visited. He was Native American and was full of useful information. Very good!!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing place for learning! It was a breathtaking view and the bronze sculptures are truly impressive and give you a real sense of the size and power of a buffalo jump. I also left with a new found respect and awe for Native American culture and the nomadic way of life. Really one of the best learning experiences... More 

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Winthrop, Iowa
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

We had heard about this exhibit from a family member and were so glad we saw it. It is important to see the video to understand and appreciate the history. We assumed Kevin Costner's involvement was a result of his "Dancing with Wolves" movie so we were surprised that was not the case. Sculptures are amazing. Definitely a "must see".... More 

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Wishaw, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

So glad we visited this tribute to the Native American people. The opening video had us all in tears and really set up the story and history of these wonderful human beings and their interaction with the buffalo and Mother Earth. Had the privilege of talking with a Native American woman who explained the exhibits and shared her story. The... More 

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Gillette, Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Wonderful presentation, the artifacts are very cool. The outdoor sculptures are amazing and worth seeing.

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Helotes, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

What an interesting story! We stayed twice as long as we planned to stay. While the small group that was with us got up right after one of the presentations, we stayed and had a wonderful discussion with the Docent who was a descendant of the "First People." She educated us further and deeper into the artifacts ... just because... More 

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L'Anse, MI
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

Tatanka is one of those gems of Deadwood that may get overlooked. Is just a little ways out of town but so worth the effort. We were blessed with one of the curators (Phill) telling my group of 52 about the Lakota way of life. He was interesting, informative and answered questions. He then took us outside to view the... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

The visit starts in the museum with a comprehensive explanation of the museum, property and history. The native American who explains life in the past and today is well worth the entire visit. The museum was built because of Kevin Kostner's efforts after his movie and life experience in Dancing with Wolves. The sculptures depict a bison hunt where the... More 

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Canton, South Dakota
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Not at all what we were hoping but the sculptures were awesome and that was about all there was to see. Not worth the cost of entrance fee since you can see everything there in less than 15 minutes.

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Robbinsdale, Minnesota
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

If you enjoy hearing the history of the massive, majestic bison and learning about the sad story of the white man vs, the Natives, this is a wonderful must. I was touch by the video that explained Kevin Costner's affinity with this place and it's history. As seemed to happen so often during our trip to Deadwood, we happened in... More 

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