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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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Wonderful statues of bison and the plains native American lifestyle along with the importance of the bison to their survival. It is not the most comforting feeling knowing what... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful statues of bison and the plains native American lifestyle along with the importance of the bison to their survival. It is not the most comforting feeling knowing what happened to them in the creation and expansion of the great country. Kudos to folks like Kevin Costner for his love of the Black Hills and attempts to help the Lakota... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First of all, I'm a huge Kevin Costner fan and love his work. I also love the story of the American Bison and believe the story of the American Indians needs much more attention. However, this stop misses the mark. This attraction is mainly the sculptures originally created for Costner's larger vision of a grand resort. They are beautiful and... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small museum but with incredible story behind it. Do not miss the video which explains why Kevin Costner built this place. He is heartfelt in talking about the history of the bison and the Lakota people. We got to have a talk by a Lakota man who told us about the daily life of his people when the bison abounded.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Big screen presentation narrated by Kevin Costner at the visitor center, right before the wildlife loop road

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Clearwater, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really wanted to go here and see the sculptures of the buffalo, get the feeling Kevin Costner had when planning Tatanka, and honor the Native Americans whose lives required bison/buffalo. It just wasn't evident today. It is understaffed and the displays need serious attention. The sculptures remain but the landscape surrounding them needs to be cleaned up. Disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an excellent time here. We had enough people (11) to warrant a presentation and it was awesome and very interesting. Mavis made us feel right at home and taught us a lot about her culture and past. We enjoyed her and the presentation. The outside was as interesting as the inside. I would recommend for all ages

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Fairfax, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure you listen to kevin costners opening day ceremony. He speaks eloquently about the history of the native Americans.

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Charlotte, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction, owned and funded by Kevin Costner, has a nice visitors center and some exceptionally fine sculptures of American Bison, along with a nice gift shop and American Indian artifacts. Well worth a stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Lakota man gave a very detailed history of daily life as it used to be in his tribe. He told how to build a teepee and all of the ways the bison was used in daily life. There is an amazing bronze sculpture of warriors driving bison to their death. It is very detailed and beautiful positioned outside. There... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I suggest skipping the 20 minute video of Kevin Costner’s attempt as an entrepreneur. Do go and enjoy the "Lakota Bison Jump" by local artist Peggy Detmers. Take the time to get several pictures from different angles and you will later see what your eyes missed the first time.

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