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, string, gum resin, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 25 x 7 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6162

The large cylindrical wooden whistle has one end that is tapered for the mouthpiece, and there are two pointed oval openings in the mouthpiece. A wide slit is deeply inset on either side with the wood sloping toward it. The other end is closed. There is string wrapping on either end of the instrument. It is brown.

The whistle creates two tones.