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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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An absolute must if you're in the area

Passing by on the way from Deadwood to Mount Rushmore, we took a stop at Tatanka, and I am so glad we did. It's not a huge place by any means and a couple of hours is enough... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Passing by on the way from Deadwood to Mount Rushmore, we took a stop at Tatanka, and I am so glad we did. It's not a huge place by any means and a couple of hours is enough to see everything in detail, but the information I came away with from my short time there made it so worth the... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Nice small museum where you can watch a video there's also a cafe and gift shop. Purchase a ticket and go out the back door and follow the trail. You will come to the sculptures which are amazing. They are life sized and very dramatic and detailed. Excellent work by the sculptor. Keep following the path and you will come... More 

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Nancy, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We were in Deadwood for a Convention in late October and they were closed for the season, but opened Tatanka just for us. Got a wonderful and very interesting tour of the museum and outdoors exhibits. A great and very special memory. Thank you again !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The displays were awesome, the video was good and told a story that everyone should see. The woman in the gift shop was very informative. We totally enjoyed our time there.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Didn´t know if it was a tourist trap, but it definitely is not! The Lakota Sioux guide was super and made the story come true. Costner has outdone himself here!

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Groveland,CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is a Great place...Make sure you go outside and see the Buffalo Jump statures. It closes at 5:30 we got there @ 5:00 and told not to rush...Skip the film with Kevin Costner...it is 20 minutes of whining that he couldn't get backers for a hotel...but glad he didn't because this is a really nice place and very informative...the... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Good to hear opinion of Lakota Sioux guide, very interesting historian who held everyone's attention but visit underwhelming somehow, we felt as though there were greater plans for the site but these are now by the wayside. Fingers crossed it can be developed further as we didn't feel excited about the exhibits or an urgency to return.

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Templeton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Tatanka is a place worth seeing. Native American guides walk you through the property, telling how the Native Americans lived prior to the white men coming. I learned alot! Centrally located is a beautiful sculpture depicting NA capturing bison. Nice gift store too, with Dances with Wolves memorabilia in cases. I believe Tatanka is Kevin Costner's tribute to the native... More 

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Mesa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A local Lakota Sioux gives a very good presentation and takes questions at the end. I learned many things from him. It is a quiet and leisurely place to visit early in the day. The buffalo sculptures are awesome. They make you feel like you're running with the herd! The gift shop has many reasonably priced items. I thought it... More 

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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Enjoyed the museum and the interesting story behind it as well as looking in some depth at Indian life

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