Native Clay Raven Whistle
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This charming Native hand made clay Raven whistle was recovered in a dump near the Salish Indian Reserve in Sechelt B.C. The whistle appears to have been much used and probably dates from 1880 to 1910. Comes with a signed letter of provenance that accompanied the whistle when I acquired it in 1996.The Pender Harbour area was once the winter capital of the Coast Salish nation, specifically the Shishalh tribe. A severe smallpox epidemic in 1862 nearly eliminated this thriving population, and the introduction of the residential school system did much to destroy what was left of their culture.
Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Length 3¾ inches, width 2 inches, depth 1½ inches, weight 1¾ ounces.