Whistles

  • Exhibition Text

    • Whistles were used in ceremonies. The sound of the whistles was believed to represent the voices of supernatural beings. Small whistles were concealed in the dancer’s mouth, thereby adding to the illusion that the dancer was actually the supernatural being he represented. Some whistles had reeds; some were double whistles which produced two tones.

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  • Collection Information

    • (Left column, second from bottom)
      Catalog No: 16 / 483
      Culture: HAIDA
      Locale: BC
      Country: CANADA
      Material: WOOD, PLANT FIBER
      Acquisition Year: 1869-1890 [GIFT]
      Donor: BISHOP, HEBER R.

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      (Left column, bottom)
      Catalog No: 16 / 508
      Culture: HAIDA
      Locale: BC
      Country: CANADA
      Dimensions: L:48 W:40 [in CM]
      Acquisition Year: 1869-1890 [GIFT]
      Donor: BISHOP, HEBER R.

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      (Second from right)
      Catalog No: E/ 252
      Culture: HAIDA, TLINQWAN
      Locale: AK, TLINQWAN
      Region: NORTHWEST COAST
      Country: USA
      Material: WOOD, BONE
      Dimensions: L:22.5 W:4 [in CM]
      Acquisition Year: 1894 [EXPEDITION]
      Donor: EMMONS, GEORGE T., LT.

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      (Far right)
      Catalog No: 16 / 410
      Culture: HAIDA
      Locale: BC
      Country: CANADA
      Dimensions: L:24.6 W:8 [in CM]
      Acquisition Year: 1869-1890 [GIFT]
      Donor: BISHOP, HEBER R.

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