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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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a good visit for the entire family, gorgeous sculptures in a beautiful setting ,it is seasonal.dress for walking and for the weather

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2015
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Michigan City, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

a good visit for the entire family, gorgeous sculptures in a beautiful setting ,it is seasonal.dress for walking and for the weather

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This was built by Kevin Costner as a tribute to the bison and to the Native American Indians and their way of life. There is a video, exhibits and we had a talk by a very knowledgeable guide who continued his talk outside to explain the sculptures and tipi. The scultures are amazing and so life like - not to... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

If you love history of the indians and the buffalo you love this.They have a small cafe there for snacks and a gift shop. There was a gentlemen that works there who is indian and very informative. We spent a couple of hours there on the way out of town

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Kevin Costner opened his bison tribute museum with an emotional speech telling of his inspiration from the bison's history and his expectations of the bison's future survival. Tatanka means 'bull buffalo' and the museum tells the story of how these animals played such a significant role in the lives of the Indian Lakota people. In this smart well laid out... More 

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We saw some good western sights in South Dakota and this is one of them. Wonderful place to visit in the Fall not so many people to obstruct you sightseeing view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Enjoyed learning about the bison and its role in Lakota life. Amazing bronzes. Good gift shop and educational experience.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We were very impressed with this tribute to the story of the Bison. The sculptures were absolutely amazing!! We were shown the museum by a wonderful guide (Mavis) who was Lakota and very well informed of the history of the area. It was a joy to visit with her and we, again, learned much about the Native American culture and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Thank you Kevin Costner for supporting this beautiful collection of bronze sculptures of Buffaloes (Tatanka). This is a must see!!

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Monroe, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

unbelievable-awsome-very interesting-staff is very informitive-the part i liked best was how peaceful and beautiful it is-didn-t want to leave

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We went out to see this museum and were simply blown away. Kevin Costner has done a marvelous job in presenting the Lakota and the Buffalo. Mavis Two Bulls was our guide and she was very informative. There are artifacts in the museum, a short 20 minute film of Mr. Costner explaining the Buffalo Statues in Bronze and his desire... More 

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