Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Native American maker
  • flute, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Wichita, Kansas, United States
  • reed, paint, buckskin, feathers, yarns, beads, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 53.5 x 7 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 21 1/16 x 2 3/4 x 9/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0633

This length of reed, open at both ends, has a whistle hole cut near one end. It is decorated with bands of paint in orange, medium blue, and red. There are five fingeholes. A strip of buckskin is tied through the sixth hole, leaving the loose end to hang through the end of the flute, decorated with dark blue, yellow, orange, and red beads a band of bright pink yarn, red feather, and a dark grey feather.