Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • whistle, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: west coast of British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, string, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 6.5 x 1 x 1 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 2 1/2 x 3/8 x 3/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5662

The small rectangular whistle is made from two pieces of wood, held together with string at either end. There is a small fiber between the piece of wood. It is dark brown.

The whistle is carried in the mouth of the person wearing the mask leaving his hands free to work the strings that move the bill or beak of the mask but still allowing him to imitate the notes of the bird with the whistle.