Last Saturday, I was going to go explore Deadwood again. Unbeknownst to me, there was a car rally going on. While I’m a fan of cars, especially antique cars, I did not come all the way to South Dakota for a car show. I can see those anywhere.
So, ditching Deadwood, I decided to go to Tatanka. Having passed the entrance to it several times when I first got to the area, I had been wanting to see what it was all about anyway. Saturday with the beautiful weather made a perfect day for it.
Arriving at the center. I entered and was greeted by a young woman collecting the entrance fee of $7.50. I browsed the gift shop to a great extinct and explored the interpretative center. I kept wandering back to a pair of buffalo hide moccasin boots and finally ended up getting them. They are remarkably comfortable and I wore them for the rest of the day.
I felt safer knowing Tatanka has its own fire department. Though small, I could see how wondrously efficient it would be.
I then went outside to see the bronze sculpture. It consists of 14 bison being pursued by three Native Americans riding horseback, amazing in detail and it causes you to reflect on the dangers warriors faced when hunting these massive creatures.
While the sculpture is an incredible piece of art, my eyes kept drifting to the surrounding area. The view was incredible. There was a slight breeze in the air and a feeling of well-being came over me as I gazed around.
Even the warning of rattlesnakes could not keep me from enjoying the area. And I did stay on the pathway, albeit it wasn’t the concrete pathway the sign probably referred to.
Going around the sculpture led to a dwelling. I loved the set-up and sat a little while just thinking about the smell of the campfire, how many bison hides it would take to make a tipi, how the hide would be soaked in the bison brain to lubricate it, and a number of other things you can read about by going to Tatanka: Story of the Bison’s website.
After enjoying the scenery and sculpture, I found myself back inside the center where I enjoyed my first buffalo burger with chips.
I’m glad I ditched Deadwood for the day and decided to check out Tatanka. Not only was the visit informative, but the food was great, and the people were very pleasant.Share this: