2013.9.1: Ceremonial Whistle, c. 1870

Additional Images

2013.9.1: Ceremonial Whistle. Top view
Image No. 3513 Top view; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

A Kwakiutl ceremonial Hamatsa carved single note cedar whistle with cord and textile binding wrapped around areas. The wood is glued together with pitch from the hemlock tree. Contact with early seafarers is seen in the navel type of string used. 'A N' and '15' is carved into the wood surface.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2013.9.1
Collection: Ethnography
Date: c. 1870

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 36.2 cm
  • Height: 5.5 cm
  • Width: 6.7 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • cedar wood,
  • resin,
  • string,
  • textile

Acquisition Detail

  • History of Use: Psycho-therapeutic whistle used by Shamans during incantations and healing seances.