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This bamboo whistle, sometimes labeled a flute, was carved by a member of the Pawnee tribe and entered the Kansas Historical Society collections in 1956 from Beloit College in Wisconsin. The plain yet elegant musical instrument is decorated with a white feather attached to a leather thong. The whistle broke at some point in its history and two brass wires were used to stabilize the body. Information accompanying the purchase indicate it was used in the buffalo dance.

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Item Number: 512790
Call Number: 56.32.30
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 512790

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