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Tatanka: Story of the Bison, Deadwood

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Learn how the North American bison population plummeted from 60 million to less than 1,000 at Tatanka: Story of the Bison. Walk among life-sized statues of 14 bison pursued by Native Americans on horseback, and learn how indigenous people depended on the animal for food, clothing, tools, and much more. Don't miss the short film starring actor Kevin Costner, who strives to bring the park into the public eye. Using our custom trip planner, Deadwood attractions like Tatanka: Story of the Bison can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The exhibits are very good and kudos to Kevin Costner for following his vision. The sculptures are amazing. BUT, wanting to try a bison burger we thought this soybean a good place. Uh uh. $10.50 for a...  more »
  • Saw this on a tourist map , so very glad we went . Amazing Native American guide , informative knowledgable and really interesting . Stunning bronze figures in a brilliant setting . We really enjoyed ...  more »
  • This is a Kevin Costner supported visitor center with Native American presentations that tell good story of old West and especially the story of how buffalo almost became extinct. The statues are outs...  more »
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  • We enjoyed our visit to the center, especially the interpretive presentation by "Billy". The artwork and displays are beautiful. The bronze sculptures of the bison and the Native American riders were breathtaking. When we think of South Dakota, we will always remember our rainy day adventure at Tatanka.
  • Wonderful visit, phil was so informative, explained so much , he was awesome. The art work was incredible.. thank u so much
  • This place is incredible! Beautiful monument very great view and hands on display! Bought a lovely Bison purse! Must visit to get the whole Native story near Deadwood SD.
  • A tourist stop that is almost more of a memorial to the bison herds which used to roam the continent, Tatanka was originally intended to be a resort including a railroad spur. When the funding fell through, Kevin Costner had already ordered the bison sculptures and needed a place to put them; enter Tatanka. All of the admission fees go back into further development, Kevin Costner does not receive a penny. We opted to do a self-guided tour and skipped the video presentation. The small museum houses a number of artifacts and they are constantly adding to the collection. The displays discuss the many uses the Native Americans had for the bison, methods of hunting and processing, and the history of the near-extinction of the bison herds. Stepping outdoors leads you to a short walking loop where you see the one and a quarter scale bronze sculptures of 14 bison and 3 Native Americans on horseback. It is a poignant scene, frozen in time as the riders chase the bison over a cliff -- one of the easiest and safest ways they used to obtain enough bison for the tribe's needs. One thing of which to be aware, the admission fees posted on the website may or may not be accurate. When we arrived, we found the admission was $9 per adult instead of the posted $7.50. If this is a concern, call ahead to verify.
  • We spent about an hour there. The staff was very friendly and encouraged our 2 toddlers to be hands-on with the museum items. This made it much more fun for them. They enjoyed going in the tee-pees and running around on the lawn. The story of the bison is unbelievable. We easily got in and out with our 25' gooseneck trailer.