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1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
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All reviews bison native americans bronze sculptures buffalo jump kevin costner white man short film gift shop lakota sioux plains indians life size small museum interpretive center american indian black hills south dakota well worth the visit
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

Tatanka is a fitting tribute to the North American bison. Kevin Costner reclaimed an area of land that was being used as a garbage dump and built a lasting legacy to this magnificent animal. A visit here is well worth the minimal entrance fee. Tour...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TravelingMac60
Reviewed October 13, 2018

small museum, with great bronze statues commissioned by Kevin Costner, but the great part was this 30 minutes talk by a Lakota Indian man, about all the ways the different parts of the bison were used.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

"Walking in the middle of a chosen land" That's how I feel being here. A place to lezen, very nice people, beautiful sculpture. I hope to return some day!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Flyer823876
Reviewed October 10, 2018

If you enjoyed Kevin Costner’s movie "Dances With Wolves" then you will surely enjoy this handsome homage to Native Americans. The magnificent bronze statue @ the entrance sets the tone: it is 1¼ life size of a bison jump; horseback Lakota Sioux driving some 9...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank wesstdun
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit at the museum and learned a lot from the presentation given by a Lakota native named Billy. We learned a lot about the history of Bison, the Lakota traditions and way of life, and current events. I highly recommend this...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank c0urtneyhg
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Our tour bus stopped here and we were all the better for it. We had a short lecture from a Lakota tribesman. Learned much. Saw the brass statues built to depict a bison hunt, which were amazing.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wrpupkis
Reviewed October 7, 2018

So glad to find this place. It is in a lovely setting not far from Deadwood. If you are, like me, obsessed with Bison,, you will love it. First you can watch a short film about Kevin Costner's dream to build a resort here, and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank catwic57
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Very interesting place. The presenter was very interesting had a lot to say. We learned many things about the Lakota traditions. It was an eye opening experience to hear history events described by a different point of view.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank judyg205
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

I had this on my list of places to go, and we barely made it in enough time before they closed for the day (we spent much longer in Wyoming than we anticipated). Due to closing in less than an hour, we understandably didn’t get...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AshtonB0422
Reviewed October 5, 2018

Nearby Deadwood, worth a 30 minute visit, very nice exhibit of Indian culture and buffalos. Beautiful long range views.

Date of experience: September 2018
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June 9, 2016|
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Response from billscobra | Reviewed this property |
2 miles north from downtown Deadwood on US 85, open every day 9-5. Plan to spend about a hour. If you are interested in the sculptures and other stuff, skip the lecture as it is somewhat long and dull for kids.
Willy D
January 23, 2016|
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why were bison so important to plains indians
August 24, 2015|
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Response from Bill R | Reviewed this property |
There is a small museum at Tatanka. I'd allow at least an hour to visit both it and the sculpture.