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Man's courting flute in the form of a bird

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Data Source
National Museum of the American Indian
Collection History
Collected by John W. Alder (1844-1919), an Indian agent at Pine Ridge between 1879 and 1885; inherited by his son Eugene C. Alder (1876-1955); purchased by MAI from Eugene Alder in 1921.
Culture/People
Oglala Lakota (Oglala Sioux)
Collector
John W. Alder, Non-Indian, 1844-1919
Previous owner
John W. Alder, Non-Indian, 1844-1919
Eugene C. Alder (Eugene Charles Alder), Non-Indian, 1876-1955
Seller
Eugene C. Alder (Eugene Charles Alder), Non-Indian, 1876-1955
Date created
circa 1870
Object Name
Man's courting flute in the form of a bird
Media/Materials
Wood, paint, hide thong/babiche
Techniques
Carved, painted, wrapped
Dimensions
89.2 x 7 cm
Object Type
Music and Sound
See related items
Oglala Lakota (Oglala Sioux)
Music and Sound
Place
Pine Ridge Agency; Pine Ridge, Pine Ridge Reservation; Oglala Lakota County; South Dakota; USA
Catalog Number
10/9295
Barcode
109295.000