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Hamatsa whistle (metses)
  • Fah Ambers
    born 1955, active 1976–present
    born: Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canda ; active: Canada
  • Hamatsa whistle (metses), circa 1976
  • Where object was made: Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada
  • cedar wood, carving, string
  • Object Length/Diameter: 28 x 7.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 11 x 2 15/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0099

Thick whistle carved from unstained cedar wood. The body of the whistle is a thick, solid wood cylinder, slightly tapered at the bottom. Toward the top of the whistle there is the air hole which is wide and has a sloped opening. The mouth piece is pointed, then slopes out in a curved cone shape. White string is wrapped in a band just below the mouth piece and at the bottom of the whistle.