Wichita, Kansas: Big Indian Surrounded by Ring of Fire44 feet tall, unveiled May 18, 1974. Sculpted by Blackbear Bosin, who named it "Keeper of the Plains." In 2007 the angular steel Indian was surrounded by a circle of firepots; they belch flame on a varying schedule.
Mid-America All-Indian Center
- 650 N. Seneca St., Wichita, KS
- Stands at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, behind the Mid-America All-Indian Center. West side of the city. Take US Hwy 400/54, exit onto Seneca St., and drive north about one mile.
- Visible after dark when the flames erupt. (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
Visitor Tips and News About Big Indian Surrounded by Ring of Fire
During the summer months they light the flames at 9 pm for 15 minutes, which is when I saw it. According to their website, when the time changes from Daylight Savings they light the flames at 7 pm for 15 minutes.[Randall Sharp, 10/16/2012]
In mid-summer, the fires surrounding the Big Indian are lit around 9 pm.[Chad, 07/17/2010]
Oct. 2012: Photo added.
Keeper of the Plains is a 44 ft. Cor-Ten Steel (a group of steel alloys developed to eliminate the need for painting, forming a stable rust-like appearance) sculpted by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin.
It sits on a 30 ft. high rock where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers meet in downtown Wichita.[Joe Boulter, 10/13/2007]
The angular steel Indian is surrounded by a circle of firepots that belch flame on a varying schedule.