About this item: The Porotiti is usually and oval disc with a cord going through two off centre holes. It is played by looping the cord around the hands then twirling it a little to start it spinning. By applying alternate pressure then relaxing the cord each time the disc untwines, a hum is created. Then by carefully blowing gently on its vanes, it starts to sing and create its own songs. The designs on this porotiti represent Ngā Hau e Whā, the four winds which carry the wishes of the player to the world.
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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