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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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  • Seeing the museum from the parking lot I remember thinking, "Is this the museum?" It sure didn't look like a museum from the outside, but then we stepped inside and it was amazing! Billy, a museum wor...  more »
  • About the mass slaughter of bison in the time of Indianer.Sehr informative Museum.Mit of the support of Kevin Costner and the sculptures in the small park, particularly to recommend.
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  • Very well doen, gives the depth of feeling of a story, like watching a story unfold. The detail is incredible, thank goodness this was completed and is there for all to enjoy. The interpretive center ...  more »
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  • Billy was a fantastic teacher at the Tatanka Story of Bison today. Extremely professional, open to answering any question no matter what it is to help us understand his culture even more. I'm from Australia so I didn't have much knowledge on America's indigionous communities before this, but the beautiful artifacts mixed with Billy's lecture helped me walk away with a great understanding. Would recommend to anyone to make a stop here.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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