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Duct whistle (sk-a'na)

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Bottle-shaped body (of roughly semi-circular cross section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near proximal end and at center and with split spruce root near distal end. Distal end closed. Seams sealed with pitch. Rectangular window with two lips (but only...

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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

Haida people, before 1883

Object Place

British Columbia, Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada


Length 38.5 cm, width 8.8 cm, thickness 8 cm (Length 15 3/16 in., width 3 7/16 in., thickness 3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar (?), spruce root


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones