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. 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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  • We were on a bus tour and this was one of our stops. I really enjoyed most of the exhibits both inside & outside. It was very interesting to see how the Bison were driven off the cliff for hunting & h...  more »
  • Deadwood, not just an old city in the Black Hills, but also home to 14 larger than life bison bronze figures and 3 Indians on horseback on the Jagd.Es to commemorate the mass destruction of the bison and the chance to open, something to protect them to contribute. Unfortunately, we arrived late at night and the visitors center was closed.
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  • We visited Tatanka, Story of the Bison in early October 2017 - the museum is captivating, the sculptored bisons, horses and their native american riders splendid. Susan Caldwell, the manager is a most...  more »
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  • Beautiful setting and outstanding sculptures. The story of the bison is both sad and compelling. If you are visiting in the Deadwood area it is well worth a visit.
  • We were so excited to see this museum, but when we got there, the front desk woman was so rude, we walked out. It was all over me bringing in my purse and how we could miss a sign that "is clear to them" that purses aren't allowed. After a 3 minute lecture on how we could miss this sign, we walked out. We just wanted to come learn about the history of buffalos and not how stupid we are for missing a sign.
  • 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.
  • Authentic artifacts and background movie make this a rewarding visit. Very reasonable.
  • 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.

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