Reed pipe (sk-a'na)

Haida people
19th century

Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Queen Charlotte Islands


Length 24 cm, width 3.1 cm, thickness 2.5 cm (Length 9 7/16 in., width 1 1/4 in., thickness 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, twine

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Slightly tapered body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end. Distal end closed. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole. Slits in unbound section of body function as lateral retreating reeds.


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