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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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Saw this on a tourist map , so very glad we went . Amazing Native American guide , informative knowledgable and really interesting . Stunning bronze figures in a brilliant... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw this on a tourist map , so very glad we went . Amazing Native American guide , informative knowledgable and really interesting . Stunning bronze figures in a brilliant setting . We really enjoyed our visit

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a Kevin Costner supported visitor center with Native American presentations that tell good story of old West and especially the story of how buffalo almost became extinct. The statues are outstanding works of art showing Indians and the buffalo hunts. Tatanka needs a little more to get 5 stars.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 reviews
Reviewed 27 March 2017

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

Thank 22dashesanddots
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 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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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Shona106
Gillette, Wyoming
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48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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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