Reed pipe (sk-a'na)

Haidi people
before 1888

Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Queen Charlotte Islands


Length 25.5 cm, width 4.5 cm, thickness 2.5 cm (Length 10 1/16 in., width 1 3/4 in., thickness 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)


Musical Instruments



Elongated bow-tie-shaped body constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root in two places near center. Two small embouchure holes (diameter 5 mm) opposite each other at mid-point. Each end of body forms terminal retreating reed.


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