Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Kwih-dich-chuh-aht (Makah) maker
  • whistle, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Neah Bay, Washington, United States
  • wood, string, gum resin, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 21.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 8 7/16 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5663

The rectangular wooden whistle has one end that is tapered and rounded with two openings. There is a whistle hole on either side. The other end is closed. There are two stripes of resin on two sides where the seams were sealed. There is light colored string wrapped at the mouthpiece end and brown string at the other end. It has faint green pigment.

The whistle is capable of creating two different tones.