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purification whistle
  • Gilbert Minthorn
    active: United States
  • purification whistle, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Oregon, United States
  • reed, beading
  • Object Length/Diameter: 31.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 12 3/8 x 1 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0073

Whistle made from a single large reed. The exterior is wrapped in beadwork done in a "peyote stitch." Near the center of the beading is a depiction of an American flag. At the distal end there is a row of black and white, stylized feathers. There are other decorative bands of orange, yellow, red, and copper-colored beads, and the field is a light blue color.