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Cedar flute with leather and painted decoration / Harding Big Bow

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Wooden pipe with leather decoration and various painted designs on both sides.

Flutes have existed in Native American cultures since at least 625 C.E., when the earliest known flute was created. They have been made from many materials, including wood, reed, and bone, and are typically vertical. In the Plains region, the wooden flute’s soothing melodic sound is known as a courting instrument, whose sound would help a man woo his beloved (Fauntleroy 2006).

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Title(s): 
Cedar flute with leather and painted decoration
Creator(s): 
Harding Big Bow
Culture: 
Native American; Kiowa
Date: 
late 20th century
Period: 
Historic
Place: 
Mountain View, Oklahoma, Southern Plains, United States of America
Materials/Techniques: 
wood, leather, metal, paint
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
84.2907
Department: 
Not On View

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