About this item: The Purerehua is like similar instruments found in many cultures and its common stature as a child's plaything belies its traditional status. Its urgent chant was used for spiritual purposes and some were famed as rain callers, with the players own life force deemed to be traveling along the cord to create the sound and disperse their thoughts to the four winds. Purerehua speak with the voices of the Winds and the Spirits and so create special feelings.
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.
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