Gwa'sala Kwakwaka'wakw (Native American). <em>Hamatsa Whistle</em>, 19th century. Cedar wood, cotton cord, resin, pigment, 8 11/16 x 2 3/4 in. (22.1 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7351. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 05.588.7351_acetate_bw.jpg)

Hamatsa Whistle

Artist:Gwa'sala Kwakwaka'wakw

Medium: Cedar wood, cotton cord, resin, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 8 11/16 x 2 3/4 in. (22.1 x 7 cm)


Museum Location: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor


Accession Number: 05.588.7351

Image: 05.588.7351_acetate_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The whistle is in the form of a human face with an open mouth and the instrument is likely to have been used during the Hamatsa initiation ceremony. Cotton cord is wrapped around the "neck."

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