Wichita, Kansas: Big Indian Surrounded by Ring of Fire44 feet tall. Sculpted by Blackbear Bosin in 1974, who named it "Keeper of the Plains." The angular steel Indian is surrounded by a circle of firepots that 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.