Learn about the culture of the Lakota nation and bison.
Actor Kevin Costner spent some time getting to know about the Lakota people while acting in the movie "Dances with Wolves." From that experience, he became aware of the Lakota people and the bison in the North American plains. A while ago, 30 - 60 million bison roamed the great plains, but with all of the hunting, by the end of the 19th century, there were less than 1,000 bison left. This museum teaches the visitor what has happened through various exhibits, statues, and artwork on display. You will also get to see costumes from the movie "Dances with Wolves" on display here.
There are 17 large bronze statues outside the museum; 14 pieces are bison, plus 3 Lakota riders on bareback depicting an early form of hunting. The centerpiece is the Ta'Tanka, the third-largest bronze sculpture in the world. Head to the gift shop for Lakota-made items such as jewelry, clothing, postcards, bags, and magnets can be purchased. Kevin Costner is the founder and owner of the museum, with all funds going toward the museum upkeep and to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.