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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Whistle/Flute

March 8, 2016

Flute WhistleFew musical instruments have survived, although music was undoubtedly an important part of the lives of the area’s first inhabitants.  This object was made from the wing bone of a goose and based on some experiments done with replica objects, was probably played by blowing gently across the top of the hole. You can see how this works by blowing gently over the top of a bottle, and seeing how the sound changes. (Oneota, La Crosse County, WI)