religious musical instrument used in certain ceremonies in the Southwest and Plains Native American cultures, made from bones of the American bald eagle or the American golden eagle
The eagle-bone whistle is a highly sacred religious object, used by some members of Native American spiritual societies in particular sacred ceremonies.
- The Lakota also use an eagle bone whistle during the Sun Dance.
- Melmer, David (2007). "Bald eagles may come off threatened list", ICTMN.com.</ref>.
- The sacral power of the eagle is also represented by the eagle-bone whistle.
- Maroukis, Thomas C. (2012). The Peyote Road: Religious Freedom and the Native American Church, p.84. University of Oklahoma. ISBN 9780806185965.
- The eagle-bone whistle is a traditional vehicle for prayer in [some] Sun Dance.
- The whistle signifies that the eagle knows no evil on this earth, and the Indian ... passes his prayer through that while he is blowing to the Almighty; and there isn't supposed to be any evil in that while he is blowing his whistle.
- Old Coyote, Crow Indian, quoted in Voget (1984), p.213.
- There is no time or need here to wallow in distinctions between a feather-and-bone raptor and a bone whistle avian mysticism; one would no doubt end in dichotomous Western readings thereof, an ideological spectrum ranging from sheer superstition to pure embodiment of the One.
- Gannon, Thomas C. (2009), Lakota critic. Skylark Meets Meadowlark: Reimagining the Bird in British Romantic and Contemporary Native American Literature, p.227. University of Nebraska. ISBN 9780803226166. "For their use in the Sun Dance, see Standing Bear, My People 114; Fire and Erdoes 198, 206, 210. ... Momaday mentions the use of the eagle bone whistle in a Kiowa ceremony (Way 39)", p.363, n.40.