Story: Māori musical instruments – taonga puoro

Playing the nose flute, 1923

Playing the nose flute, 1923

The kōauau may be played either with the mouth or the nose. In 1923 Āporo of Gisborne was photographed and recorded playing his kōauau by stopping one nostril with his thumb and blowing through the other. 

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Reference: MA_B.002227
Photograph by James Macdonald

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How to cite this page:

Brian Flintoff, 'Māori musical instruments – taonga puoro - Melodic instruments – the family of Rangi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/42160/playing-the-nose-flute-1923 (accessed 24 April 2019)

Story by Brian Flintoff, published 22 Oct 2014