Reed pipe (sk-a'na)

Haida (Masset) people
19th century

Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Queen Charlotte Islands


Length 34 cm, width 3.9 cm, thickness 1.9 cm (Length 13 3/8 in., width 1 9/16 in., thickness 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Narrow U-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near both ends of each leg and at proximal end. Distal end closed. Two diamond-shaped embouchure holes. Slits in unbound sections of each leg 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