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Tatanka: Story of the Bison

1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
605-584-5678
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Ranked #3 of 22 attractions in Deadwood
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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Spearfish
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Every summer I take my visitors to Tatanka to experience the history and see the sculpture and each time it is memorable and I learn even more about the bison and the Lakota culture. Thank you Billy for taking the time to share your knowledge and culture with my sister and I.

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Culpeper, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This site is wonderful. The state of South Dakota should be very proud that Kevin Costner took the time, money, and energies to complete his vision and provide us such a wonderful opportunity to visit with the Tatanka or American Buffalo. Our guide, Phil, did a wonderful job of giving us a personal tour of the facility and talking about... More

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goldcoast qld australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Thank you Billy for a wonderful presentation of the Native American Latoka Indians and the Bison.Wonderful displays of historical artefacts and the baby Bison on display.Sculptures amazing,a very moving experience and very informative.Deadwood is not all about Cowboys and casinos-loved our visit.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

What a wonderful way to learn about the Lakota Indian and the Buffalo. They have native Lakota speakers that really give you a lot of history.

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Woodridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Thank you, Kevin Costner for such a wonderful tribute to Native Americans. We loved the video, the statues and especially the wonderful talks by Billy. We were on a very tight schedule but we stayed to hear Billy talk twice. We just loved hearing such authentic stories which were very enlightening about the Native American culture. It is so amazing... More

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Shelbyville, Kentucky
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39 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Ok, let me say, I was totally blown away at Tatanka! Not only did this live up to my expectation, it surpassed it by a thousand times! Phil Redbird was our guide and he was so very informative - he made the lives of the Lakota Indians come alive for our group. He fielded questions and gave back in-depth answers... More

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Lenexa, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a nice place to visit if you are interested in Native American history. There are wheel chairs available for those who may need them. Tatanka includes a movie, small museum, gift store, and sculptures. The sculptures are impressive. Items in the gift store are made by Native Americans. I purchased a wooden buffalo that was made on the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had no idea this was here. We liked the historical and educational component of the museum. Also, the view and the sculptures were beautiful.

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

You will get out of this place what you are willing to see. If you want a brief overview of the impact of western civilization's hunger for bison on the people and the land of the Lakota, you will hear it. If you want access to authentic native-made jewelry and crafts, you can find it in the gift shop. If... More

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Nice, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We had an excellent visit at the Tatanka Center at Deadwood South Dakota today where our Guide and Presenter, Phil, gave us an excellent explanation of the interactions between the Plains Native Peoples and the American Buffaloes. Well Informed and a Member of the Sioux Tribe, Phil, was able to articulate the vital cultural and necessary Interaction between the Native... More

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