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Flute Catalog - D

Detailed information for a subset of flutes in the Flutopedia Flute Catalog whose source begins with the letter D. The source is the crafting culture (if known), or else the flute maker's last name (if known), or else the name of the collection in which the flute resides.

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Culture: Dakota (Ikčé Wičhášta)

AMNH 1 / 4640: Dakota (Ikčé Wičhášta) ~1895 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: Dakota (Ikčé Wičhášta)1 «Wikipedia»; Date crafted: 1895 or before2; Date acquired: 18953; Overall length: 51.0(±0.5) cm4; Materials: WOOD, HIDE, SINEW, METAL, CLOTH, PITCH ?3

Personnel: Donor: Mrs. John C. Brown (Gift)3; Disposition: In the American Museum of Natural History collection in New York City, catalog #1 / 4640.5

For more information: American Museum of Natural History / Anthropology Collections

1 American Museum of Natural History catalog record as of March 24, 2017 (original text: ‘Sioux, Dakota’)
2 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
3 American Museum of Natural History catalog record as of March 24, 2017
4 American Museum of Natural History catalog record as of March 24, 2017 (original text: ‘L:51 W:5 H:4.5 (in CM)’)
5 entered by Clint Goss on March 24, 2017

Image courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History. Image courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History.

Vernon 1282: Dakota (Ikčé Wičhášta) ~1888 Wrapped-Block Whistle

Fingering sequence: 1; Crafting culture: Dakota (Ikčé Wičhášta)2 «Wikipedia»; Date crafted: About 1875 – 19003; Overall length: 46.0(±0.5) cm4

Provenance: Received from the Jackson Hole Preserve on April 23, 1968, and cataloged by Joel H. Bernstein in August, September, or December of 1973.5; Disposition: In the David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection at the Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. In November 2011, it was relocated to the Western Archaeological and Conservation Center in Tuscon, Arizona.6

For more information: Flutopedia: Native American Flutes in the David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection

1 entered by Clint Goss
2 David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection catalog record as of May 16, 2011 (original text: ‘Dakota (Sioux) [Prairie Siouan]’)
3 David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection catalog record as of May 16, 2011 (original text: ‘ca. 1875—1900’)
4 David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection catalog record as of May 16, 2011 (original text: ‘2 cm × 46 cm’)
5 David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection catalog record as of May 16, 2011
6 entered by Clint Goss on May 16, 2011

Image by Clint Goss. Image by Clint Goss.

Vernon 598: Dakota (Ikčé Wičhášta) ~1888 Native American Flute

Fingering sequence: 123–1231; Crafting culture: Dakota (Ikčé Wičhášta)2 «Wikipedia»; Date crafted: About 1875 – 19003; Overall length: 68.0(±0.5) cm4

Provenance: Received from the Jackson Hole Preserve on April 23, 1968, and cataloged by Joel H. Bernstein in August, September, or December of 1973.4; Disposition: In the David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection at the Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. In November 2011, it was relocated to the Western Archaeological and Conservation Center in Tuscon, Arizona.5

For more information: Flutopedia: Native American Flutes in the David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection

1 entered by Clint Goss
2 David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection catalog record as of May 16, 2011 (original text: ‘Dakota (Sioux)’)
3 David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection catalog record as of May 16, 2011 (original text: ‘ca. 1875—1900’)
4 David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection catalog record as of May 16, 2011
5 entered by Clint Goss on May 16, 2011

Image by Clint Goss. Image by Clint Goss. Image by Clint Goss.
Image by Clint Goss.

Culture: Delaware (Lenni-Lenape)

NMAI 26/1077: Thomas Dorsey Delaware (Lenni-Lenape) ~1967 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: Delaware (Lenni-Lenape)1 «Wikipedia»; Instrument maker: Thomas Dorsey2 — Delaware (Lenni-Lenape) (1920–1993); Date crafted: 1965 – 19693; Overall length: 54(±1) cm4; Materials: Cedar, birchbark, commercial leather thong.3

Provenance: Purchased by Indian Arts and Crafts Board representatives from the artist in 1969; part of the IACB Headquarters collection (Department of the Interior, Washington, DC) until 2000 when it was transferred to NMAI.3; Disposition: In the National Museum of the American Indian collection in Washington, DC, catalog #26/1077.5; Remarks: Place: Albany; Albany County; New York; USA. Techniques: Carved, pyroengraved, wrapped.3

1 National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution catalog record as of April 6, 2017 (original text: ‘Lenape (Delaware)/Onondaga’)
2 National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution catalog record as of April 6, 2017 (original text: ‘Thomas J. Dorsey (Tom Two Arrows), Lenape (Delaware)/Onondaga, 1920-1993’)
3 National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution catalog record as of April 6, 2017
4 National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution catalog record as of April 6, 2017 (original text: ‘Dimensions: 54 x 6 x 4.2 cm’)
5 entered by Clint Goss on April 6, 2017

Image courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian

NMAI 26/1078: Delaware (Lenni-Lenape) ~1967 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: Delaware (Lenni-Lenape)1 «Wikipedia»; Date crafted: 1965 – 19692; Overall length: 63.8(±0.1) cm3; Materials: Cedar, birchbark, wool yarn, commercial leather thong, glass bead/beads.2

Provenance: Purchased by Indian Arts and Crafts Board representatives from the artist in 1969; part of the IACB Headquarters collection (Department of the Interior, Washington, DC) until 2000 when it was transferred to NMAI.2; Disposition: In the National Museum of the American Indian collection in Washington, DC, catalog #26/1078.4; Remarks: Place: Albany; Albany County; New York; USA. Techniques: Carved, pyroengraved, wrapped.2

1 National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution catalog record as of April 6, 2017 (original text: ‘Thomas J. Dorsey (Tom Two Arrows), Lenape (Delaware)/Onondaga, 1920-1993’)
2 National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution catalog record as of April 6, 2017
3 National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution catalog record as of April 6, 2017 (original text: ‘Dimensions: 63.8 x 27.2 x 4.1 cm’)
4 entered by Clint Goss on April 6, 2017

Image courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian

NMNH E362062: Delaware (Lenni-Lenape) ~1931 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: Delaware (Lenni-Lenape)1,2 «Wikipedia»; Date crafted: Before March 20, 19313; Date acquired: 19004; Accession date: March 20, 19314; Overall length: 50.483(±0.159) cm (⇇ 'L 19 7/8' in)5

Identification: NMNH Accession No. 1136054; Provenance: Not Given, United States, North America4; Personnel: Collector and Former Owner: Richard Calmit Adams; Donor: Victor J. Evans4; Disposition: In the National Museum of Natural History collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., catalog #E362062:.6; Remarks: From card: "6 stoppered-wood-two sectioned longitudinally; Silver tag marked "No one living knows how old it is, was used when the Delawares lived in the vicinity of Fort Pitt, afterwards Pittsburgh, and presented to Richard C. Adams, representative of the tribe in 1900, by his people." See Bull. 136, U.S.N.M. g# a# c d e f# a, Loan: Political Hist. (NMAH) 3/7/60, Ret: 4/9/69." Illustrated on p. xl of Legends of the Delaware Indians and Picture Writing, by Richard C. Adams, 1997 edition, Syracuse University Press [originally published 1905]. Noted there as having been sold to Victor Evans from the estate of Richard C. Adams. As noted above, this artifact was formerly owned by Richard Calmit Adams, who in 1909 lent it to the Smithsonian under loan acccession no. 49797, catalogue no. 253555. Reference: "Indian Relics For Museum," The Washington Post, February 27, 1909, 5. Flute E362062 is probably the one referenced on p. 20 of Adams, Richard C. 1921. Claims of the Delaware Indians; memorial of the Delaware tribe of Indians ... in support of Senate bill 663 and H.R. 6051. http://archive.org/details/claimsofdelaware00adam .4

For more information: Smithsonian Institution / Collections

1 Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Natural History catalog record as of February 26, 2017 (original text: ‘Delaware (Lenape)’)
2 [Wolf 2002]
3 entered by Clint Goss, based on the accession date.
4 Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Natural History catalog record as of February 26, 2017
5 [Wolf 2002] (original text: ‘L 19 7/8’)
6 entered by Clint Goss on February 26, 2017

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Image courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

Payne #23: Delaware (Lenni-Lenape) ~1955 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: Delaware (Lenni-Lenape)1,2 «Wikipedia»; Date crafted: About 1950's2,3; Overall length: 45.720(±0.159) cm (⇇ 'L 18' in)4

Identification: Munn auction lot #6843; Wolf item #23, photos #134-1391; Auction history: October 22, 2005 by R. G. Munn Auctions: Sale price $1,000 ($1,267.25 including buyer's premium and tax), Estimate $450 - $700, Starting bid $2255; Remarks: Very decorated flute with incised 2 tone design, patterned after a Winnebago flute crafted by Vernon McNeal at Bacone College. It was originally purchased from a Delaware Pow Wow, listed in flute book [page 32, figure 64], 18” long.2

Cited in: [Payne 1999], page 32, figure 64

1 [Wolf 2003]
2 [Gatliff 2005]
3 Auction by R. G. Munn Auctions on October 22, 2005
4 [Wolf 2003] (original text: ‘L 18’)
5 R. G. Munn Auctions catalog record as of October 22, 2005

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Maker: Ernest W. Davis

Ernest W. Davis Humantone Flute

Instrument maker: Ernest W. Davis1; Date acquired: June 21, 20021

Provenance: Gifted to Clint Goss from R. C. Nakai in person at the the Renaissance of the Native American Flute (RNAF) workshop / festival on June 21, 2002.1; Disposition: In the collection of Clint Goss.2

1 entered by Clint Goss
2 entered by Clint Goss on April 15, 2017

Maker: George Dyson

George Dyson Mid-range F# Minor Native American Flute

Fundamental pitch (design): F#41; Instrument maker: George Dyson, Jr.1 «Web Site»; Date crafted: May 1, 2015 or before2; Date acquired: May 1, 20151; Primary scale: Minor Pentatonic1 (steps: 3–2–2–3–2) «Wikipedia»

Provenance: Gift of the flute maker, George Dyson, Jr., to Clint Goss in person at Musical Echoes Native Flute School on May 1, 2015.1; Disposition: In the collection of Clint Goss.3

1 entered by Clint Goss
2 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
3 entered by Clint Goss on April 15, 2017

Maker: Rich Dubé

Rich Dubé Mid-range A Major Diatonic Native American Flute Set [6 items]

Fundamental pitch (design): A41; Instrument maker: Rich Dubé1 «Web Site»; Date crafted: August 25, 20132; Date acquired: August 25, 20131; Primary scale: Diatonic Major1 (steps: 2–2–1–2–2–2–1) «Wikipedia»

Provenance: Constructed by Clint Goss in preparation for Flute Haven 2013.1; Disposition: In the collection of Clint Goss.3

1 entered by Clint Goss
2 entered by Clint Goss, date kit acquired for construction by Flute Haven participants.
3 entered by Clint Goss on April 15, 2017

Rich Dubé Mid-range A Minor Native American Flute Set [12 items]

Fundamental pitch (design): A41; Instrument maker: Rich Dubé1 «Web Site»; Date crafted: August 25, 20132; Date acquired: August 25, 20131; Primary scale: Minor Pentatonic1 (steps: 3–2–2–3–2) «Wikipedia»

Provenance: Constructed by Clint Goss in preparation for Flute Haven 2013.1; Disposition: In the collection of Clint Goss.3

1 entered by Clint Goss
2 entered by Clint Goss, date kit acquired for construction by Flute Haven participants.
3 entered by Clint Goss on April 15, 2017

Rich Dubé Mid-range A Minor Painted Native American Flute

Fundamental pitch (design): A41; Instrument maker: Rich Dubé1 «Web Site»; Date crafted: August 25, 20132; Date acquired: August 25, 20131; Primary scale: Minor Pentatonic1 (steps: 3–2–2–3–2) «Wikipedia»; Overall length: 44.10±0.05 cm3

Provenance: Constructed by Clint Goss in preparation for Flute Haven 2013. Then pained and decorated by Lynn Miller on-site at Flute Haven in September 2013.1; Disposition: In the collection of Clint Goss.4

1 entered by Clint Goss
2 entered by Clint Goss, date kit acquired for construction by Flute Haven participants.
3 Measured by Clint Goss on 2/15/2017: Valley brand stainless steel one-meter ruler using the metric scale.
4 entered by Clint Goss on April 15, 2017

Maker: Stephen DeRuby

Stephen DeRuby Low Bb Broken Flute Cave Seven Duct Flute

Fundamental pitch (design): Bb31; Fingering sequence: T123–1231; Instrument maker: Stephen DeRuby1 (–2016) «Web Site»; Date crafted: October 7, 2011 or before2; Date acquired: October 7, 20111; Primary scale: Broken Flute Cave Seven1 (steps: 2–1–1–3–2–1–1–1)

Provenance: Purchased by Clint Goss by mail from the flute maker, Stephen DeRuby, on October 7, 2011.1; Disposition: In the collection of Clint Goss.3

1 entered by Clint Goss
2 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
3 entered by Clint Goss on April 15, 2017

Maker: Walt Disney

Walt Disney Flute

Fingering sequence: 123–1231; Instrument maker: Walt Disney Enterprises1; Date crafted: February 1, 2006 or before2; Date acquired: February 1, 20061

Provenance: Purchased by Clint Goss in person from a pile of flutes in a store in Disney World in Florida on February 1, 2006.1; Disposition: In the collection of Clint Goss.3

1 entered by Clint Goss
2 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
3 entered by Clint Goss on April 15, 2017

Set: David T. Vernon Collection

Vernon 601: ~1888 Native American Flute

Fingering sequence: 123–1231; Crafting culture: (Unspecified)2; Date crafted: About 1875 – 19003; Overall length: 44.5(±0.5) cm2

Provenance: Received from the Jackson Hole Preserve on April 23, 1968, and cataloged by Joel H. Bernstein in August, September, or December of 1973.2; Disposition: In the David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection at the Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. In November 2011, it was relocated to the Western Archaeological and Conservation Center in Tuscon, Arizona.4

For more information: Flutopedia: Native American Flutes in the David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection

1 entered by Clint Goss
2 David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection catalog record as of May 16, 2011
3 David T. Vernon Indian Arts Collection catalog record as of May 16, 2011 (original text: ‘ca. 1875—1900’)
4 entered by Clint Goss on May 16, 2011

Image by Clint Goss. Image by Clint Goss. Image by Clint Goss.
Image by Clint Goss. Image by Clint Goss. Image by Clint Goss.

Set: Dayton C. Miller Collection

DCM 162: ~1921 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: Unknown1; Date crafted: Before March 21, 19212; Date acquired: March 21, 19213; Overall length: 61.75(±0.05) cm3; 59.531(±0.159) cm (⇇ 'L 23 7/16' in)4; Materials: Redwood, leather thong and flue plate, brass shell casing(?) mouthpipe.3; Condition: Bound with cotton string at lower end, probably not original.3

Provenance: From C. H. Schroeder, Pasadena, California, 21 Mar. 1921.3; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 162:.5; Remarks: The flue plate is leather, glued into position, and, according to DCM, varnished black.3

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 [Wolf 2002]
2 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
3 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
4 [Wolf 2002] (original text: ‘L 23 7/16’)
5 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

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DCM 163: ~1921 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: Unknown1; Date crafted: Before March 21, 19212; Date acquired: March 21, 19213; Overall length: 48.419(±0.159) cm (⇇ 'L 19 1/16' in)4; 48.50(±0.05) cm3; Materials: Wood, rawhide thong, lead flue plate.3; Condition: Seam is very open due to shrinkage. Wood loss. "Plug" repair by DCM.3

Provenance: From Dr. Eckstein Case, from Whalen Coin & Stamp Co., Whalen's Curio Store, Los Angeles, 21 Mar. 1921.3; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 163:.5; Remarks: The flue plate is lead and of a wrap-around design, secured with 2 of the thongs, and indented into the flue to form the edge.3

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 [Wolf 2002]
2 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
3 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
4 [Wolf 2002] (original text: ‘L 19 1/16’)
5 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

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DCM 164: ~1921 Duct Flute

Date crafted: Before April 19211; Date acquired: April 19212; Overall length: 19.09(±0.05) cm2; Materials: Clay, decorated with plum-colored paint or stain.2

Provenance: From Dr. Eckstein Case, from "Mission Inn," Riverside, California, Apr. 1921.2; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 164:.3

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
2 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
3 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

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DCM 237: ~1922 Bird Whistle

Date crafted: Before February 20, 19221; Date acquired: February 20, 19222; Overall length: 16.40(±0.05) cm2; Materials: Bone, rattan winding, thong.2

Provenance: From George R. Moore, Jamesville, Wisconsin, 20 Feb. 1922.2; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 237:.3

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
2 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
3 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

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DCM 241: ~1922 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: Unknown1; Date crafted: Before March 14, 19222; Date acquired: March 14, 19223; Overall length: 34.449(±0.159) cm (⇇ 'L 13 9/16' in)4; 34.40(±0.05) cm3; Materials: Wood, thong.3

Provenance: From George R. Moore, Jamesville, Wisconsin, 14 Mar. 1922.3; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 241:.5; Remarks: Decorated with indented dots, painted red. The end is carved with a geometric design. Lead flue plate and carved wooden cover in the form of unidentified animal.3

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 [Wolf 2002]
2 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
3 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
4 [Wolf 2002] (original text: ‘L 13 9/16’)
5 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

DCM 294: ~1922 Native American Flute

Date crafted: Before November 3, 19221; Date acquired: November 3, 19222; Overall length: 35.60(±0.05) cm2; Materials: Cane, stained light brown, palm leaf tied with string near hole at upper end.2; Condition: Cracked entire length, and at top.2

Provenance: From Harold Reeves, London, 3 Nov. 1922. Formerly in the collections of Mr. T. W. Taphouse, Oxford, and Dr. Thomas Lea Southgate, London.2; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 294:.3; Remarks: Dayton C. Miller ledger entry: "Open Pipe Flute from Nicobar Island, south of Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean."2

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
2 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
3 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

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DCM 300: ~1922 Bird Flute

Date crafted: Before November 3, 19221; Date acquired: November 3, 19222; Overall length: 22.10(±0.05) cm2; Materials: Unidentified bone (DCM ledger: "human tibia"), ornamented with beetle wings.2

Provenance: From Harold Reeves, London, 3 Nov. 1922. Formerly in the collection of Dr. Thomas Lea Southgate, London.2; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 300:.3; Remarks: Dayton C. Miller ledger entry: "From the Amazon." Quoting from a letter from Harold Reeves, 29 Nov. 1922, DCM records further: "Sent to Dr. Southgate about 28 yrs ago (1894) by his son, at that time resident in Brazil."2

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
2 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
3 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

DCM 674: ~1926 Side-held Native American Flute

Date crafted: Before September 23, 19261; Date acquired: September 23, 19262; Overall length: 38.00(±0.05) cm2; Materials: Bamboo.2; Condition: Between the blow pipe and fipple, there is a recessed, unfinished section in which something was either inlaid or wrapped. It currently has a loose wrapping of brass wire which seems not necessary or pertinent.2

Provenance: From J. S. Lovejoy (formerly of Calcutta), Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England, 23 Sept. 1926.2; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 674:.3; Remarks: Dayton C. Miller ledger entry: "Native flute from Calcutta." Quoting letter from Lovejoy, 21 March 1925: "The vendor called it a 'Muralli piccolo.' Even he could give me no particulars as to its origin. 'Muralli' is an Indian name for a flute."2

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
2 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
3 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

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DCM 753: ~1927 Bird Flute

Date crafted: Before September 30, 19271; Date acquired: September 30, 19272; Overall length: 18.80(±0.05) cm2; Materials: Bone.2

Provenance: From N. E. Carter, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 30 Sept. 1927.2; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 753:.3; Remarks: Dayton C. Miller ledger entry: "California, Sacramento County."2

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
2 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
3 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

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DCM 754: ~1927 Bird Flute

Date crafted: Before September 30, 19271; Date acquired: September 30, 19272; Overall length: 20.50(±0.05) cm2; Materials: Bone.2

Provenance: From N. E. Carter, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 30 Sept. 1927.2; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 754:.3; Remarks: Dayton C. Miller ledger entry: "California, Sacramento County."2

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
2 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
3 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

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DCM 1157: ~1932 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: Unknown1; Date crafted: Before July 25, 19322; Date acquired: July 25, 19323; Overall length: 35.560(±0.159) cm (⇇ 'L 14' in)4; 35.60(±0.05) cm3; Materials: Iron pipe, a portion of a gun barrel. Wrapped with leather thong.3

Provenance: From W. C. McQuillen, Los Angeles, sent from Portland, Oregon, 25 July 1932.3; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 1157:.5; Remarks: Dayton C. Miller ledger entry: "American Indian."3

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 [Wolf 2002]
2 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
3 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
4 [Wolf 2002] (original text: ‘L 14’)
5 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

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DCM 1228: ~1934 Native American Flute

Date crafted: Before September 30, 19341; Date acquired: September 30, 19342; Overall length: 49.00(±0.05) cm2; Materials: Bamboo, ribbons.2

Provenance: From N. E. Carter, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 30 Sept. 1934. Letter to DCM, 29 Dec. 1934: "The Flute has been in a museum collection for 40 years. Their book of records says 'Secured at Yuma [Yuman] Indian Village, California.'"2; Disposition: In the Dayton C. Miller collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., cataloged as DCM 1228:.3; Remarks: Dayton C. Miller ledger entry: "American Indian, Yuman [Yuma], California." The cap mentioned by DCM may refer to a multi-layer brown paper ferrule affixed with ribbons that may have served as the original or temporary flue cover.2

For more information: Library of Congress / Dayton C. Miller Collection

1 entered by Clint Goss, based on the date acquired.
2 Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection catalog record as of February 23, 2017
3 entered by Clint Goss on February 23, 2017

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Set: Doc Payne Collection

Payne #48: ~1940 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: (Unspecified)1; Date crafted: About 1930's – 1940's2,3

Identification: Munn auction lot #2402; Auction history: October 21, 2005 by R. G. Munn Auctions: Sale price $200 ($253.45 including buyer's premium and tax), Estimate $500 - $1,000, Starting bid $2504; Remarks: Carved whale baffle block, thimble mouth piece, 27.5” long.3

1 [Gatliff 2005] (original text: ‘(blank)’)
2 Auction by R. G. Munn Auctions on October 21, 2005
3 [Gatliff 2005]
4 R. G. Munn Auctions catalog record as of October 21, 2005

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Payne #49: ~1960 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: (Unspecified)1; Date crafted: About 1950's – 1960's2,3

Identification: Munn auction lot #2412; Auction history: October 21, 2005 by R. G. Munn Auctions: Sale price $130 ($164.74 including buyer's premium and tax), Estimate $500 - $900, Starting bid $2504; Remarks: Carved wood bird baffle block, incised bug design around first hole, 22.5” long.3

1 [Gatliff 2005] (original text: ‘(blank)’)
2 Auction by R. G. Munn Auctions on October 21, 2005
3 [Gatliff 2005]
4 R. G. Munn Auctions catalog record as of October 21, 2005

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Payne #62: ~1965 Native American Flute

Crafting culture: (Unspecified)1; Date crafted: About 1960's2,3

Identification: Munn auction lot #9782; Auction history: October 23, 2005 by R. G. Munn Auctions: Sale price $40 ($50.69 including buyer's premium and tax), Estimate $500 - $900, Starting bid $2504; Remarks: Baffle is stylized bird, burnt geometric design on side, 20” long.3

1 [Gatliff 2005] (original text: ‘(blank)’)
2 Auction by R. G. Munn Auctions on October 23, 2005
3 [Gatliff 2005]
4 R. G. Munn Auctions catalog record as of October 23, 2005

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Payne #66: "Pipestone" Native American Flute

Remarks: The cover flute made of pipestone (Catlinite) is truly one of a kind. The ironwood baffle is a big horn sheep, the frequent traveling companion of Kokopelli, the notoroius traveling flute player. A post surmounted by a small bird head made of red coral is fused to the sterling silver nest. THis handle would seem to serve a useful purpose in adjusting the nest. Turquiose inserts are planted above the wind holes to warm the air to the four directions. Overall length of the flute is 20 7/8 inches and length from sound edge to wind holes is 14 3/4 inches. Bore is 3/4 in. and wall thickness is 1/4 inch. Scale is tricky shading G major with c'' and d'' a bit too sharp for comfort. Tonal qualities are dull and hollow - though there are those who seem to relish a tomblike sound. This flute, like the shakuhachi, could also double as a formidable weapon, though its weight (3 pounds) discourages long concerts. However, no maiden within earshot would have any problem distinguishing the tones of this distinctive instrument. Perhaps the point to be made is that what end one is driven to produce the most unusual and significant relic. Certainly pipestone would come to mind as the most sacred of materials but the difficulties of working with it are formidable. Pipestone dust is very pervasive, irritating tto the craftsman and dulling to his tools. The increased weight of the instrument tires the player whose weakening grasp is likely to allow the heavy and rather slippery instrument to escape. Stiff neck and elbows also result from the long playing necessary to conquer the odd scale of this instrument. Yet is is a masterpiece which will never be duplicated and richly deserves its place on the shelf.1

1 [Payne 1999], page vii

Image from [Payne 1999], front cover

Payne #67: 1974 "Rain" Native American Flute

Date crafted: Summer 19741

Remarks: This small flute of the Winnebago class, fashioned from an old pine two by four and banded with metallic tin, was made in the hot dry summer of 1974. During its final tuning heavy rains occurred causing problems in bonding seams and snugging the rings. As rain is unusual during July in Oklahoma, the instrument was dubbed 'The Rain Flute'. Doc Tate Nevaquayah borrowed the flute to participate in dedication of the Fidelity Bank Plaza in downtown Oklahoma City. On that hot cloudless afternoon he solemnly warned that assembly that this was a Rain Flute. s he played, much to his surprise, clouds rolled in and substantial rain dampened the ceremony. THis event was reported in a humorous vein by the local news channels. A few weeks later Doc and I gave a program at the University of Oklahoma which included the little flute. We rather timidly mentioned the coincidental rains as we proceeded to play the flute. Again, rain ensued. Our next program, including Edmund, a young son of Doc, was in the old Kirkpatrick planetarius, which is a windowless shadowy cone with supernatural acoustics. As we played the flute, after recounting his history in the eerie reverberating chamber, again rain came from the blue. This particular setting added considerably to a more magical than coincidental interpretation of these happenings. Soon thereafter Doc visited my medical office where the flute was hung on the wall. He casually began to softly play the instrument as he looked out the picture window - and the heavens opened. At this juncture Doc and I counciled with George Watchetaker, a highly respected Comanche medicine man. George had a reputation for bringing on rain during dust bowl days, employing his Rain Dance - which was so successful that he had to stop the rain with a 'No Rain dance'. It was his opinion that neither of us should ever again play this flute on the possibility that we might be responsible for severe flooding. Thus this delightful little pine flute was given to my wife Eula, who occasionally plays if for her grandchildren under a continuously happy and sunny sky.1

1 [Payne 1999], page viii

Image from [Payne 1999], inside back cover

Payne #68: Mid-range F# Native American Flute Plan

Image from [Payne 1999], page 54

 
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