Duct whistle (sk-a'na)

Haida people
before 1883

Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Queen Charlotte Islands


Length 38.5 cm, width 8.8 cm, thickness 8 cm (Length 15 3/16 in., width 3 7/16 in., thickness 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar (?), spruce root

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Bottle-shaped body (of roughly semi-circular cross section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near proximal end and at center and with split spruce root near distal end. Distal end closed. Seams sealed with pitch. Rectangular window with two lips (but only one note sounds). Rectangular embouchure hole. Sounds pitch of a.


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