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This flute is made of an elk bone from the elk's leg. Natives believed that animals had a huge spiritual advantage. They also believed it was wrong to leave any part of a killed animal to waist so they used every part of the animal. this one the elk was used in every part using the bone of the leg to make a flute.

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Plains Indian Museum

Makers
Northern Plains 1866
Descriptions
leg 4 elk 52 bone 151
Names
flute 9
Subjects
diamonds 119 lines 41
Dimensions:
L: 13.875 in, width: 2.25 in
Credit Line:
Simplot Collection, Gift of J.R. Simplot
Remarks:
Ritual and Recreation, Musical Instruments. Flute made of elk leg bone with seven finger holes and liphole. Design is in diamonds and lines.
Accession Number:
NA.505.72

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