Tatanka (#646)

Remember the movie, Dances with Wolves?  That was where I learned the Native American name for the great American Bison: Tatanka.

They are wild and fierce and powerful and I adore them.  Just being close to these magnificent creatures is a visual meditation for me.

The Bison herd at Custer State Park in South Dakota’s Black Hills is 1500 strong.  They occupy over 17,000 acres of land.  As soon as I entered the park, I knew who was in charge by this sign.

Animals have right of way here…..always!


Mama and Newborn (courtesy of the visitor center video)


See his nose; it is as big as my head!

Everywhere I go in the park, there are bison or signs of them.  I asked a ranger about hiking the trails.  He said, If you see a Bison, just walk slowly and keep about a hundred yards between you and them.    Right-O, sure thing.

My first hike was at Badger’s Hole along the Centennial Trail.  First thing I saw at the start of the trail…….a big fresh bison patty.  Was I ever vigilant on that hike!

Centennial Trail near Badger’s Hole

Stick around…….lots more to come.

oxo ~ Annie


About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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3 Responses to Tatanka (#646)

  1. Sherrill Parry says:

    Oh what magnificent wonders abound in this great vast land of ours. Living in my tiny little town this in not something I would be aware of. But to experience it live is truly a treasure to cherish. They are amazing and I did see that movie.We do have them here in a zoo – somehow it is not the same. What great fun!

  2. Wow, an adventure for sure!

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