Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Pete Martinez
  • flute, late 1800s–1978
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cedar wood, buckskin, swan feathers?, string, carving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 60.5 x 4.5 x 23 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 23 13/16 x 1 3/4 x 9 1/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0637

This cylindrical wooden flute has a hole at one end near a raised block with a whistle hole. There are six fingerholes. It has three strips of buckskin wrapped at regular intervals. The loose ends had feathers stitched to them. Now, only the middle strip has orange and white feathers.