Story: Māori musical instruments – taonga puoro


The porotiti is a disc, often beautifully shaped and ornamented, which can be spun on twin cords to create a mysterious humming accompaniment to singing or other music. These examples are made from wood, pounamu (greenstone) and bone. Listen to the porotiti being played.

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Jade and Bone
Photograph by Brian Flintoff

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Sound courtesy of Richard Nunns and Bob Bickerton

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Brian Flintoff, 'Māori musical instruments – taonga puoro - The family of Papa – rhythmic instruments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by Brian Flintoff, published 22 Oct 2014