8 Wonders of Kansas overall

An 8 Wonder of Kansas Overall

Keeper of the Plains, Wichita

Address: 650 N. Seneca, Wichita, KS 67203
Phone: 316.262.5221
Website: http://www.360wichita.com/Attractions/Keepero

courtesy of Susan Howell

courtesy of Susan Howell

courtesy of Susan Howell
The Keeper of the Plains is a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas because it is an awe-inspiring sculpture by well-known artist Blackbear Bosin that honors the region's original citizens and has become a symbol of Wichita!

On May 18, 1974 a ceremony took place to dedicate the Keeper of the Plains as a Wichita Bicentennial project. The majestic 44-foot sculpture was designed by Blackbear Bosin (1921-1980), a Kiowa-Comanche and internationally-
recognized artist, muralist and designer.

It was Bosin's gift to the city. The five-ton sculpture was placed at the confluence of the little and big Arkansas Rivers which is considered a sacred site by Native Americans and was home to the Wichita tribe for many years.

The 5-ton Keeper has recently undergone a renovation and now rests atop a new 30-foot pedestal facing east. The Keeper Plaza incorporates the history of the Native Americans and embodies a "sacred hoop" and the four elements that make up life (earth, air, fire and water).


The Keeper of the Plains "Ring of Fire" will burn the following schedule during the months of Daylight Savings Time:

Friday-Saturday nights: 9, 10 and 11 p.m. for 15 minutes.

Sunday-Thursday nights: 9 and 10 p.m. for 15 minutes.

Once Daylight Savings Time is over, typically in late October, the burn hours will be:

Friday-Saturday nights: 7 and 8 p.m. for 15 minutes. Sunday-Thursday nights: 7 p.m. for 15 minutes.

Contacts: Mid-America All Indian Center, 316.262.5221; maaic@sbcglobal.net

Hours and admission charge: N/A