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

Keeper of the Plains

 
 
Keeper of the Plains Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Keeper of the Plains Marker
Inscription.

Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin donated his famous work, the "Keeper of the Plains," to the citizens of Wichita in May of 1974. The Keeper of the Plains stands at the confluence of the rivers were his ancestors camped. With his face raised to the sky, he extends his arms in supplication to the Great Spirit. "All living creatures are Indians' brothers," Blackbear Bosin said. "The Indian lives in complete accord with nature. Everything around him is holy. All Indians feel this. And the sculpture has a way of appealing to all people with that message."

Fabricated from weathered steel, the Keeper has become a symbol for the city and was chosen as one of the official emblems of the 1976 American Bicentennial. The Mid-America All-Indian Center, "located where the two rivers meet, will symbolize the coming together of the Indian culture, first within itself and then with the non-Indian."

Acknowledgement to the Mid-America All-Indian Center for informatino included in this exhibit.
 
Location. 37° 41.475′ N, 97° 20.979′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Marker is on Seneca Street near Central Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker and sculpture are at the confluence of the Big
Keeper of the Plains Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
2. Keeper of the Plains Marker
Looking north, showing bridge access from Central Avenue
and Little Arksansas Rivers, about 500 feet ESE of the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 North Seneca Street, Wichita KS 67203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Circle of Life (a few steps from this marker); Tribes (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Keeper of the Plains (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo (within shouting distance of this marker); Stories (within shouting distance of this marker); Way of the Horse (within shouting distance of this marker); Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Eagles (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of the Keeper. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Keeper of the Plains General Information. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Keeper of the Plains, an 8 Wonders of Kansas. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Mid-America All-Indian Center. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
Keeper of the Plains Silhouette image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
3. Keeper of the Plains Silhouette
Keeper of the Plains image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
4. Keeper of the Plains
Keeper of the Plains image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
5. Keeper of the Plains
Keeper of the Plains image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
6. Keeper of the Plains
Looking south
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 507 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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