Double duct whistle

Possibly Nootka people
late 19th century

Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver Island


Length 26.3 cm, width 8.5 cm, thickness 3.5 cm (Length 10 3/8 in., width 3 3/8 in., thickness 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Two cylindrical pipes (of oval cross-section) bound to each other with sinew at proximal end and center. Each whistle constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of cedar bark near distal ends and at centers. Distal ends closed. Seams smeared with pitch. U-shaped window in one pipe and rectangular window in other pipe. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole in each pipe. Sounds pitches of e’-flat and e’.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection