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Tatanka: Story of the Bison

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1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
+1 605-584-5678
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There is a short film, some exhibits, and a presentation.For me the highlight was walking outside... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Slotmachinequeen
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Orlando, Florida
A gem of a place

We heard that this a good place to visit, but we had something of a spiritual experience. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robin S
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Rosemount, Minnesota
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1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
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"plains indians"
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"life size"
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"american woman"
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"small museum"
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"interpretive center"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a short film, some exhibits, and a presentation.For me the highlight was walking outside, seeing the gorgeous views of the hills, and then seeing the metal sculptures of horses, bison and Lakotas.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We heard that this a good place to visit, but we had something of a spiritual experience. The “presentation” was phenomenal! Our guide, Billy, was so informative and good at answering our questions. He received the “high sign” that his time was up but continued...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the movie, Dancing With Wolves. Kevin Costner built this wonderful museum to honor the bison (buffalo, tatanka) and the Native American Indians who roamed the South Dakota plains after the bison (they used all parts of the bison for their sustenance). The museum...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Phillip our guide was wonderful. He was very informative, we learned a lot about the bison and the Lakota. The view from the area around the bison jump sculpture was amazing! Thank you!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I arrived at the museum at the same time as a presentation was being given to a group about life as a lakota person. Very interesting presentation. The presenter seemed very open to questions and seemed to enjoy talking about his life and his people....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there on a Saturday in mid May. Only a couple other people there at the time we visited. It was interesting to hear the story of the bison.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been very interested in seeing the buffalo/bison in this area so this place was a must. We were not disappointed, we arrived at 1p.m. And we were the only people there but we were invited to a presentation by Billy. This presentation was...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2018

Let me say they have parking, small store, refreshments easy access, all around the bronze sculptures, walkers, wheel chairs and buggies have no problem. This is a must stop very interesting. The Tatanka story, the Native American Indians story how they lived on a daily...More

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Reviewed April 2, 2018

We really enjoyed visiting this small museum dedicated to the bison and built by Kevin Costner. There is a short film at the beginning then exhibits to see such as clothing from the movie Dances with Wolves. This is one of my favorite movies so...More

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Reviewed February 26, 2018

Visited here during my Tour of National Parks and Canyon Country, the guy who spoke was pleasant, may of said he grew up in Canada, can’t remember, I certainly remember him talking a lot about Dances With Wolves, the statues outside were pretty cool and...More

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Ronald-Karen
June 9, 2016|
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Response from Bill H | 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.
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Willy D
January 23, 2016|
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why were bison so important to plains indians
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779janef
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.
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