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Two cylindrical pipes (of oval cross-section) bound to each other with sinew at proximal end and center. Each whistle constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of cedar bark near distal ends and at centers. Distal ends closed. Seams smeared with pitch. U-shaped...

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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

Possibly Nootka people, late 19th century

Object Place

British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Canada


Length 26.3 cm, width 8.5 cm, thickness 3.5 cm (Length 10 3/8 in., width 3 3/8 in., thickness 1 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones