Keeper of the Plains Indian in Wichita

Picture by Mark Keck, text by Mark R. Hatlie

This picture was taken on 1 January, 2005 in Wichita, Kansas. This marker is still under re-construction at the time of the photo. Any more recent and especially closer-up photos would be welcome submissions to this site.

The city of Wichita Public Art webpage says, "Standing on the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, this 44-foot steel sculpture of an Indian warrior was created by Indian artist Blackbear Bosin of Wichita. Construction of the sculpture was by Tom Washburn, Architectural Metal Products, Inc. The sculpture, erected in May 1974, was completely cut, welded and assembled in the shop and moved in one piece to the location." What that site doesn't tell you, is that at the former location, the "Keeper" faced looking out over the river. Now he faces down town. Has he gone from fisher to a shopper?


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