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Reed pipe (sk-a'na)

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Elongated bow-tie-shaped body constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root in two places near center. Two small embouchure holes (diameter 5 mm) opposite each other at mid-point. Each end of body forms terminal retreating reed.


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

Haidi people, before 1888

Object Place

British Columbia, Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada


Length 25.5 cm, width 4.5 cm, thickness 2.5 cm (Length 10 1/16 in., width 1 3/4 in., thickness 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones