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vertical whistle flute
  • Harding Walker
    active: United States
  • vertical whistle flute, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • cedar wood, buckskin, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 57 x 4 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0100

Long flute with smooth sides, carved from light brown cedar wood. There is a tapered mouth piece at one end, six finger holes, and a flue with a cover that is carved into a rectangle with four points. The flue cover is attached with a thin strip of tan buckskin. There are larger strips of buckskin wrapped around the flute above and below the finger holes. At the distal end, there are four V-shaped notches carved at equal distances. One hole on the back next to the buckskin strip. Between the flue and the mouth piece, there are two small knots in the wood.