Elk Effigy Flute

Wood, pigment, native leather and feather | 26 x 1.6 x 1.8in | ca. 1870

Lakota Artist

The elk was closely associated with love and passion in many Plains Indian societies. As a part of courtship, Lakota suitors played flutes like this in imitation of the bull elk’s whistling call. Here, the carver has perfectly integrated the abstract...
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