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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: +1 605-584-5678

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Excellent bronze bison display

Presentations were very good and provided insight into the Tatanka way of life and history. There are items that you can touch such as the stomach of the bison that was used for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016
Wirtz, Virginia
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Wirtz, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Presentations were very good and provided insight into the Tatanka way of life and history. There are items that you can touch such as the stomach of the bison that was used for cooking food and the bison blatter used for carrying water. If u do not want to sit thru the presentation -at least see the bronze bison statues... More 

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Gillette, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I am so glad that we did this activity. It was beautiful and very educational. The guide was a native American woman. Her name was Mavis Two Bulls. She was extremely friendly, polite and had a lot of knowledge. Honestly I was impressed.

Thank susanna547
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We visited Tatanka yesterday. I guess I expected something different . I video with Kevin Costner telling how and why the attraction was started. Then a short walk outside to see the brass sculptures . The most informative part was the walk thru the inside where you could read the history of the buffalo and the Indians of the plains... More 

Thank Rick S
San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Our family totally enjoyed our experience at Tatanka. It was very educational for the grandchildren and we enjoyed the buffalo stew. The statues are truly amazing.

Thank LVSMaui2
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

This museum is a great little place. I have a feeling that things usually work out just as they are supposed to and I think that this place is a vast improvement over the resort that was originally planned for this site. It honors the Lakota and buffalo without being so intrusive on the land. A resort would have been... More 

Thank Kathy B
Cave Creek, Arizona
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Stopped in and spent an hour or so here, seemed rather run down, grass hadn't been cut in awhile and other things seemed rather neglected. Wouldn't recommend for the price charged for admission, would be okay if only $5. Great sculptures but expected more.

Thank CaveCreektraveler
Pierceland, Sask
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

It was good it was nice to see, gift shop very nice--awesome bison jerky--pretty expensive if not included in trip

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Spring Hill, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

My Wife and I were staying right across the highway at the Lodge of Deadwood and decided to visit Tatanka. Anytime I hear that word I always think of Kevin Costners scene in the Movie,it was Hilarious. There was only four of us for the movie and the presentation by the lady of Lakota ancestry which is a shame because... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

I was amazed at the sculptures there. Very interesting and enjoyable. I would highly recommend visiting this site if in Deadwood. Staff personal were very knowledgeable.

Thank Thomas W
Collinsville, Il
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

My wife and I were on a bus tour and this was one of many stops. We had seen the video of how this place came into being while on the bus. As informative as the video was, it did not prepare us for the amazing sculptures and displays we were about to see. The buffalo hunt sculptures are really... More 

Thank Roy W

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