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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 the area, as well as several fire pits which are sometimes lit 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 at sunset during the summer.
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  • was in town to visit family and lookking for something to do, saw this in hotel lobby and drove there. very nice display and interesting info about history of area 
    was in town to visit family and lookking for something to do, saw this in hotel lobby and drove there. very nice display and interesting info about history of area  more »
  • A beautiful riverside park at the confluence of two forks of the Arkansas river. The centerpiece is the statue and plaza which pay homage to the indigenous inhabitants of the plains. Stay until... 
    A beautiful riverside park at the confluence of two forks of the Arkansas river. The centerpiece is the statue and plaza which pay homage to the indigenous inhabitants of the plains. Stay until...  more »
  • Very information displays about Native Americans in general and those specific to the area. You could spend about 15 minutes reading the educational information on the plaques and wall-mounted... 
    Very information displays about Native Americans in general and those specific to the area. You could spend about 15 minutes reading the educational information on the plaques and wall-mounted...  more »
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  • This experience is a must! Walking up to the keeper some music can be heard in the distance. It takes you getting closer to realize that the keeper actually has music playing around it. The land in between is also considered sacred which just adds onto the experience. The land sits in between where Little Arkansas and Big Arkansas river meet. It was a hot and humid day but the excitement of seeing the Keeper of the Plains just gave me the jump I needed. The walls around the keeper hold all the history of the place. I would advise also reading up online as well for more details. I went when the sun was overhead during a lunch break and would advise you go when it is much cooler. A point to note is that the ring of fire is not lit during the weekdays. My fellow travelers complained about having to wait for the ring of fire and nothing happened. I believe it is only lit on weekends at 7pm and 9pm. Unfortunately I did not stay over the weekend but I look forward to my next visit to Wichita so I can catch the full show.
  • I could see it in the far distance from my hotel window, decided to walk and then ended up riding a scooter on the riverside to see it. It did not disappoint. Lovely area with water falls and plenty of spots to walk around and take pics. The area along the river walk has lovely tribute to native Americans. Many little status fountains and structures along the way to keep one entertained. It was a fun walk to get to the statue and fun to hang around it and take pics.
  • You can access the Keeper of the plains over two different walking bridges and each side has parking. The walk is easy and short. Day or night it’s a nice place to visit. If you can plan around it, try to see it when they have the torches lit at night for a short period from 9pm-9:15pm pending good weather.
  • Tranquil peaceful walk amazing views of bridges and downtown Wichita with native music playing in the background. Lighting of the fire is a must see. Hearing the river flow over rocks and damn is amazingly peaceful. Learn as you look with sculptures and descriptions of Native American culture. Veterans memorial along river walk adds to culture history. feed the ducks and geese recommend fish pellets as bread can breed bad algae and smells.
  • Had time to kill before my conference and was looking for something to so, I took the riverwalk path and it led me to this amazing structure. It was a great experience. About a 15 to 20min walk from the Hyatt Regency Wichita. The was is nice just make sure you were sunscreen. Also there are homeless people that live under the bridge in the riverwalk. As a woman traveling and walking alone be sure to be cautious. A good "mean mug" will keep people at bay.

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