The Keeper of the Plains in Wichita, Kansas was created in 1974 and placed at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers. The 44', 5 ton stylized sculpture of an Indian Chief was designed by Native American artist Blackbear Bosin (1921-1980) and constructed by Tom Washburn of Architectural Metal Products.
In 2006, the statue was raised another 30' to the top of a man made rock promontory. It can be visited by crossing pedestrian suspension bridges from the far shore of either river. For brief periods in the evening, the Keeper is surrounded by a "ring of fire." Even though several of the flames were out when these photos were taken, it is still quite cool.
During Daylight Savings Time, the Ring of Fire will burn:
Seven days a week for 15 minutes at 9 PM
The Keeper of the Plains Ring of Fire will burn the following schedule during the winter:
Seven days a week for 15 minutes at 7 PM
All schedules are subject to the weather and river levels. The Ring of Fire will not be turned on in high winds, rain or other inclement weather. If the river is too high, or if a person is too close, they will not be turned on.
The Keeper of the Plains is located at the edge of the grounds of Wichita's Mid-America All-Indian Center.
copyright 2007-2010 by Keith Stokes