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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
Phone Number: 605-584-5678
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The visit we had was just wonderful! Our Native American Lakota docent was great. Mavis Two Bulls shared many native ways of using EVERY bit of the bison for Lakota Sioux... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The visit we had was just wonderful! Our Native American Lakota docent was great. Mavis Two Bulls shared many native ways of using EVERY bit of the bison for Lakota Sioux survival. The outside sculpture of a Buffalo Jump is incredible! Stay for the video, you won't be disappointed. Thank you, Kevin Costner and the wonderful staff for this moving... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The following set of reviews are from my family trip out West. We flew across the country and had the opportunity to experience many hotels, restaurants, and activities. We used Trip Advisor extensively to assess our accommodations, so want to provide our feedback to the businesses so they can be improve on deficiencies and understand their strengths. Essentially a place... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Expensive entry fee, then discovering that the visit itself can be done in a few minutes... very limited display, I'm very much interested by the topic but was disappointed by the offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The Story of the Bison is a must-see if you are visiting Deadwood. It is a very easy, short drive right outside of town. The staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Being from Oklahoma we knew a thing or two about Bison, but the scenic area the sculptures are in really bring them to life and add something special. Also... More 

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Palos Park, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

When I heard the Kevin Costner had commissioned a bison sculpture I thought it was going to be something like Crazy Horse or Mount Rushmore. Was I surprise. Instead I saw 17 big bronze statues of American Indians on horseback driving a herd of buffalo off a cliff. Beautiful. More important, the proceeds go to helping Native Americans. Bravo Kevin... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Interesting story of the slaughtering of the buffalo, told by authentic Ute Indians. Learn about the Utes and other tribes that depended on the buffalo for their existence. Kevin Costner's efforts to tell and show the story are to be appreciated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My wife and I went to Deadwood, South Dakota today. Just outside of town we found "Tatanka: Story of the Bison." This museum was created by Kevin Costner. It presents a history of the bison and their importance to the life and culture of the Lakota people. There are examples of some of the many uses the Lokota had for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Mt. Rushmore was awesome but Tatanka was more emotional! Kevin Costner has done an excellent work in educating you about the tatanka (buffalo) & the sculptors are magnificent! This was the highlight of our trip & I would recommend it for those who want to learn more about the tatanka! Thanks, Mr. Costner for this wonderful experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Not knowing what to expect I didn't have any expectations. Finding out Kevin Costner put his money, time and attention to detail to this effort piqued my interest as we the tour. The interpreter was awesome and the rest of the staff were both engaging and attentive. seeing the Buffalo Jump was yet another pleasant surprise as you come around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

On our way back to Rapid City popped in to Tatanka, watched the video of the opening by Kevin Costner and after was taken by guide Mavis, a local American Indian, a descendant of Crazy Horse to view the outstanding sculptures. After watching the painstaking way they were made you can appreciate the care taken in every muscle of man... More 

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