Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Sioux maker
  • flute, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • wood, buckskin, metal, pigment, metal, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 59 x 3.5 x 19.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 23 1/4 x 1 3/8 x 7 5/8 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5912

Cylindrical dark brown wooden flute. Windhole at end. Whistle hole partially occluded by silver metal piece below and notched piece of wood covering most above. Wood and metal are held in palce with a brown buckskin strip. Six fingerholes. Brown buckskin strips at regular intervals, the ends left loose as fringe. Cluster of buckskin strips at mouthpiece end, many of which are colored red. Metal band at either end.