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Cylindrical body (of roughly circular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near each end and at center. Distal end closed. V-shaped window on each side. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole. Sounds pitches of f-sharp and g.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Unknown people, 19th century

Object Place

Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada


Length 44.5 cm, width 5.3 cm, thickness 6.1 cm (Length 17 1/2 in., width 2 1/16 in., thickness 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar (?), spruce root


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones