Tatanka: Story of the Bison, Deadwood

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#4 of 7 in Museums in Deadwood
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. Use our Deadwood vacation builder to visit Tatanka: Story of the Bison on your trip to Deadwood, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • October 4, 2017
    We stopped here while on a bus tour. I had never heard of the place. While on the bus, they showed a video of Kevin Costner talking about the whole project. All during our bus tour, we learned about t...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    I didn't know what to expect, but our guide, Phil, opened my eyes to the history of my country and the Lakota people and the bison. I think everyone should see and hear about the lives of the Native A...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    This tour will sober you. It might even change your life. Read all of these 5-star comments and listen to Kevin Costner's speech. Phil will teach you more than your brain can hold. You'll want to know...  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    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.
  • May 18, 2017
    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.
  • May 7, 2017
    Wonderful visit, phil was so informative, explained so much , he was awesome. The art work was incredible.. thank u so much
  • December 2, 2016
    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.
  • August 6, 2016
    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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