The Pouch Whistle

The police whistJewas adopted very readily by the early Navajo police , and was considered as necessary as the badge and the gun. It \ was one of the many items the Navajo silversmith made to substi- ^ lute for or replace a white-mart A Zuni turquoise manufactured article. These old inlay design of the whistles are indeed rare as there 1940'$ were very few Navajo police.

This whistle with a star overlaid on top, was used by a Navajo policeman about 1915.

Four pieces of 24 gauge silver sheet are cut to shape. Two are stamped with an appropriate design for the sides, one for the top.

Turquoise stones were used to decorate the sides of this whistle.

The longest piece is bent around a ring mandrel to form the air cavity.

The bent piece is soldered between the two sides and trimmed. The top stamped plate i$ soldered on to complete the mouthpiece.

The position of the mouthpiece- which directs the air flow- in relation to the top edge of the air cavity, determines the pitch of the sound. The top edge of the circular piece should just slice the air flow from the mouth piece. The thinner the slice of air the higher the pitch. ^ The opening at the top should be about one-fourth inch wide.

A Hopi style overlay design

A ladies' commercial "HELP!" whistle, inexpensive and very efficient.

A silver ring made of about 10 gauge round wire is soldered on opposite the mouthpiece. The whistle is then filed, darkened and polished.

A pair of buttons is used for the sides of this whistle

A pea size piece of cork is cut round, wet, compressed and inserted into the air cavity to cause flutter.

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