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.
Tatanka: Story of the Bison Reviews
Enjoyed the presentation by a Lakota Native who gave information on the bison and the Native Americans. The sculptures are beautiful in the Black Hills setting. Not a lot to see in the visitor center.... more »
The sculpture and the landscape around the trail are extremely impressive. I especially liked the Lakota presentation from a Lakota man. more »
If you are going, you should listen to the presentation and read the information on the plaques. The statues themselves are not worth the cost of the entrance fee even though they are beautiful. You aren't allowed to take in big purses or backpacks but they can lock it up for you. When they talk about watching the video, know that it is about the creation of the statues and not about how the buffalo almost became extinct. I liked it but some of the family felt it focused too much on Kevin Costner.
Such an informative experience to include a video from Kevin Costner, live presentation from a Lakota woman, and viewing of the bronze Tatanka. The fee of $12 is certainly reasonable. I recommend a must on the tourist circuit. Oh and gift shop has beautiful items.
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