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Whistle (sk-a'na, possibly after 19th-century Haida people type)

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Bottle-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end and at center. Distal end open. Seams sealed with pitch. Rectangular window and embouchure hole. Sounds pitch of f'-sharp.


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

about 1903

Object Place

Washington, DC, United States


Length 34.9 cm, width 7.3 cm, thickness 6.2 cm (Length 13 3/4 in., width 2 7/8 in., thickness 2 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, twine


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones