Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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vertical whistle flute
  • unknown Rarámuri (Tarahumara) maker
  • vertical whistle flute, circa 1967
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • cane, string, burning
  • Object Length/Diameter: 28.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 11 1/4 x 1 3/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0064

Flute made from a large piece of light brown cane. The surface of the cane has been peeled away at the breath hole and finger holes, which are burned through the cane. There are three finger holes and there is a short extension at the end that serves as a mouthpiece, above the breath hole. The extension is made from a small piece of cane tied to a piece of cane on the body of the flute that was not carved away.