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Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Chiefs

A Title of Honor

 

— Plains Indians Life, Beliefs and Practices —

 
Chiefs Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Chiefs Marker
Inscription.  

The Plains Indian chief was not an autocratic ruler. The title was honorary, although an exceptionally powerful personality could exert great influence. As a rule, any power exercised within the tribe was done so by the total body of responsible men who had earned social eminence through their war record and generosity.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
 
Location. 37° 41.493′ N, 97° 20.996′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. The marker is on the Keeper of the Plains plaza, at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, about 500 feet ESE of the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 North Seneca Street, Wichita KS 67203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eagles (here, next to this marker); Ceremonial Pipes (here, next to this marker); Way of the Horse (here, next to this marker); Tipis (here, next to this marker); Dream Animals (here, next to this marker);
Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers
(l-r) Dream Animals, Tipis, Ceremonial Pipes, Chiefs, Eagles, and Way of the Horse
Ceremony (a few steps from this marker); Warriors (a few steps from this marker); Keeper of the Plains (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. Indian Chief History. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. "The Tribal Chief" in Native American Encyclopedia. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Mid-America All-Indian Center, Wichita. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Keeper of the Plains Plaza. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Photo on Chiefs Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
3. Photo on Chiefs Marker
Tah-wah-koni Jim, Wichita Tribe
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on June 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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