Tatanka: Story of the Bison, Deadwood

4.1
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Monument · Landmark
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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  • A truly hidden gem. The wife read something about this little piece of history just outside of Deadwood. Well worth the small fee. The sculpture is AMAZING! The story behind the sculpture is just as.....  more »
  • We walked in and the staff was super nice and friendly, We came in October after they stopped the film, The staff memeber offered to play it for us. It was interesting to understand how the museum...  more »
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  • 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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