Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) peoples
  • whistle, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, cloth, wood, metal, seal bladder, feathers, paint, carving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 41.5 x 11 x 20 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 5/16 x 4 5/16 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6175

The whistle has a bird head, identified as a goose, and seal bladder bellows. The carved head is painted red and black with metal discs for eyes. It sits on top of a cylindrical body that has red feathers on the back of the neck, white and black wool yarn visible at the front of the neck and covered with fuzzy dark brown cloth. A round seal bladder hangs from the end of the wooden whistle. The bladder has feathers inside.