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The Keeper of the Plains, Wichita

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The Keeper of the Plains is a 13.4 metres (44 ft) Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin. It stands at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers in Wichita, Kansas adjacent to the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Surrounding the base of the statue are multiple displays which describe the local tribes that used to inhabit this area, as well as several fire pits which sometimes light up to illuminate the statue at night. The fire pits, which are known as the Rings of Fire, are lit manually for public safety and run in 15-minute increments. They are generally lit once a night around 7 pm during the winter and sunset during the summer.

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  • lovely river park. the statue is nice. the area is great to take family. wish i knew the fire "show" was only 15 minutes.  more »
  • Cool place to visit but no much else to do in Wichita. The nightly fireshow was not held apparently due to wind, but no notice was listed anywhere, and there were a lot of people who were waiting.  more »
  • Interesting park dedicated to Native Americans. Good photo opps. Did not go at night, but a fire ring display sounds interesting. Good view down river of city scape.  more »
  • Me and my dog enjoyed A walk along the pathway. The only thing that wasn’t cool was there was broken glass along the walkway and some cigarette butts I was worried about the glass for my dogs foot but we were OK. It was a cool historic spot we will go again for another short walk. I got some nice pictures, want to come back in the evening to see the sunset from this view..
  • A truly beautiful and enchanted place. The walk over the bridge offers numerous photo opportunities of the majestic Keeper of the plains as well as the architecture of the bridge. Arriving at the site again offers opportunities for awesome Vista's of the falls and the Keeper. Very proud of my home town.
  • Many stop by for a few, take pictures, and move on. Some bicker about its "hype". Others fly their drones for hopes at getting some solid footage for freelancing. But, few know the story, and even fewer take it in with pride. This seems to be a similar tale with many of our hometown gems. We should all try to more often visit, learn and appreciate them. This monument is one of much more profound value than it's accredited for.
  • Such a pretty location but sadly its placed in the middle of the city so you can imagine the trash build up on the river banks and such, but if you can look past that you can really enjoy walks over the fantastic white bridges and listen to some acoustic cultural indian beats while looking out over the river. Calms my soul sometimes when needed most. Something peaceful and lively about it.
  • Our g really enjoyed the area around the Keeper of the Plains. We waited around for the lighting of the torches, but was very disappointed when it happened. There was no announcement prior to the lighting and no music etc during it. It would be so much awesome if you added speakers and had drum rolls coming up lighting and a different drum roll during the lighting. Please consider making the event awesome. I had several people around us make the same comment. Make Wichita Proud..

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