Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Ira Cuthair
  • flute, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: United States
  • white cedar, buckskin, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 49.5 x 3 x 34 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 19 1/2 x 1 1/8 x 13 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0632

This is a cylindrical flute made of light wood. It is tapered at one end with a hole and the other end is open. It has a block added near the whistle hole. There are nine strips of white buckskin tied around the flute at regular intervals, two are tied over the added block. Some of the strips have additional knots beyond the knot that secures the strip.