Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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metses (whistle)
  • unknown Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) maker
  • metses (whistle), late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • cedar wood, cherry bark, string, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 29 x 12 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 3/8 x 4 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0610

The triangular shaped wooden whistle has four whistle holes. The mouthpiece has four small ovoid holes, one to each whistle hole. Two wooden shafts are lashed together with strips of red bark on the mouthpiece and between the whistle holes. There is string tied around the end opposite the mouthpiece.