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This flute is made of wood, also is made with buckskin, hide, red orch and dyed. it belonged to Cheif Matisse Kutenai, who was chief of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. These flutes were used a lot for healing believing they would bring spirits to heal the sick or injured.

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Plains Indian Museum

Makers
Plateau 318 Kootenai 13
Descriptions
thongs 19 wood 4438 deer hide 193 red ochre 16 dyed 102
Names
flute 9
Date:
ca. 1890
Dimensions:
L: 15.75 in, Diameter: 1 in
Remarks:
Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wooden flute with several buckskin thongs, dyed with red ochre. Six finger holes. ---Used as both a musical instrument in dances and by young men during couthship as a courting call. **Belonged to Chief Matisse, Kutenai.
Accession Number:
NA.505.1

As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Plains Indian Museum.
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