Each area of the Plaza celebrates this – the Earth is the rock formations and plant material, the
Air’s movement is shown by a mist of fog, the Ring of Fire is displayed at night and the water
feature cascades water from the Arkansas River.
On the Keeper peninsula, there are 4 cardinal directions of north, south, east and west that are
marked with 5-foot circular flat monuments in 4 different colors on the Keeper Plaza. There are
4 times of day and 4 seasons to visit this site, as each time and season will unveil something new.
For the Native American community, it was important that the Keeper be on land. So the idea to
elevate him on a pedestal meant that his base was still connected to Mother Earth. The base
that was developed resembles a chalk formation with a limestone ledge cap. These rocks look
authentic because the façade of the rocks are actual rock casts taken from Castle Rock and
Table Rock formations near Quinter, Kansas. And when you feel the rocks, you will know that
they are solid. No hollow rocks here! Several of the rocks are also real – some of the large
ones were brought in from all over Kansas.
The Plains Indians believed that the Turtle was Mother Earth and they were all floating on a
primordial sea on the back of the turtle.