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Blackbear Bosin

Blackbear Bosin (June 5, 1921-August 9, 1980) was a Comanche-Kiowa artist and painter, also known as Tsate Kongia.

He was born June 5, 1921 in Anadarko, Oklahoma, served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1940 where he began his career as a color separator and plate maker for Western Lithograph and as an artist for Boeing. Perhaps his most famous work is that city's The Keeper of the Plains, a 44-foot steel sculpture erected in 1974 at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers. It depicts a Native American warrior offering a blessing to the sky.

Bosin died on August 9, 1980.

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