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Whistles

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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.

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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