About this item: The Hopurangi or Song catcher is adapted from larger Poiawhiowhio. It is carved with the face of Hine pū te hue, the godess who, at the time of creation, took within her body the anger of the others. When worn the Hopurangi sees all that happens around us but when the cord is unfastened and it is slowly swung it only sings of the peaceful things of the day.
About Taonga Puoro: In Maori Music traditions musical instruments are members of the families of the Gods. Tunes are named Rangi after the Sky Father to whom they ascend after being sounded and Rhythms come from the heartbeats of Papa, the Earth Mother. Their children, Hine pu te Hue, Tane, and Tawhiri Matea, their Great uncle Tangaroa and a grandchild, Raukatauri, Goddess of flute music, are most of the ancestors of a wide range of musical instruments.
As in tradition much of the work put into instruments was for their carved stories therefore I prefer to work to your budget while adding appropriate carving.
Protocol: Traditionally these treasures are given personal names and you are invited to continue that tradition.
Material: The recycled Matai used for these because of its straight grain and sound qualities has been treated with a special food safe, organic burnishing oil. Several coats give it years of lasting but if well used and wear shows around the mouthpiece or inside it just needs recoating. Shells and Feathers are imported and so already screened for pest and any border limiting conventions.
If required Baby Wipes make easily available sanitisers.
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