The Keeper of the Plains Quilt

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Bob Callstrom standing next the red ribbon quilt that was submitted in the 2019 Kansas State Fair.

Here is the information about the quilt my husband quilted. The design on the fabric is a replica of the ‘Keeper of the Plains with the Wichita Flag’ which was designed by Geno at Wichita Screen Printing. He let us use the design and it was sent to ‘Honest Fabric‘ in Salt Lake City, Utah to be printed on the base material. This is a new process of custom printing for Large Format Quilt Tops. The Graffiti pantograph was stitched on an Avanti by Bob. A Variegated Southwest color thread was used and it was then bound in an Indian print material. The Graffiti pantograph was invented by Karlee Porter also of Salt Lake.

The Wolf Creek was embroidered on the quilt because Blackbear Bosin gave it to KG&E for appreciation for their help in bringing the Keeper to life.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Keeper of the Plains is a 13.4 metres (44 ft) Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin. It stands at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers in Wichita, Kansas adjacent to the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Surrounding the base of the statue are multiple displays which describe the local tribes that used to inhabit this area, as well as several fire pits which sometimes light up to illuminate the statue at night. The fire pits, which are known as the Rings of Fire, are lit manually for public safety and run in 15-minute increments. They are generally lit once a night around 7 pm during the winter and sunset during the summer.


The Keeper of the Plains, outdoor steel sculpture by Blackbear Bosin
The Keeper of the Plains, outdoor steel sculpture by Blackbear Bosin

The sculpture, commissioned by the city and private organizations to mark the United States Bicentennial, was erected in 1974. It has since become one of Wichita’s most recognized and beloved symbols. A spring/summer 2006 project elevated the sculpture on a 30-foot rock promontory so it could be seen from farther away.

A profile image of this statue comprises the motif adopted by the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, a U.S. Air Force flying unit which is based at nearby McConnell Air Force Base. From 1993 through 2004, an image of the statue, along with the words “Keeper of the Plains,” appeared on the tails of Boeing KC-135 air refueling tankers assigned to the 22nd ARW.

In popular culture and the arts

The Keeper of the Plains was mentioned by Christian musician Rich Mullins in his 1991 song “Calling Out Your Name”.

External links

Kansas State Historical Society
Mid-America All-Indian Center
The City of Wichita
Keeper of the Plains photos & hours