Here is a quick Top 10 Things information reference for the Keeper of the Plains!
The Wichita, KS Keeper of the Plains located where the BIG and Little Arkansas rivers meet, at the Mid-America All-Indian Center is a 44-foot tall steel sculpture located in what is called the Delano District. The statue was built on what is considered sacred ground to the Native American people of the area. Created by Wichitan and Native American artist Blackbear Bosin (1921-1980) the sculpture is considered their Indian Warrior. The art was erected on May 18, 1974 to celebrate the United States Bi-centennial, and has kept a watchful eye on the great city of Wichita, KS ever since. Decades later the Keeper of the Plains now has an even larger view of Wichita, and has become iconic to local wichitans. The statue went through a massive renovation that includes the locally famous “Ring of Fire” that burns during the following schedule of Daylight Savings Time:
Spring & Summer @ 9 PM for 15 minutes. Fall & Winter @ 7 PM for 15 minutes.
RING OF FIRE: The Ring of Fire is manually turned on and all schedules are weather depending, including the river levels. The Ring of Fire will also not be turned on in high winds (to protect the people that are standing below the Keeper), heavy rain or other nasty weather.
The Keeper is accessible by the brand new suspended foot bridges allowing people to cross from the north and south directions to the plaza, and walk down the stairs to the base, allowing you to stand right behind the lighting.
ACCESSIBILITY: The entire area, including the Keeper of the Plains Plaza, is accessible to all citizens, even those that may be wheelchair-bound, and if you would like to bring your pets, that is ok as well.