Taonga Pūoro: Singing Treasures is the first book to be published that comprehensively covers the world of Māori musical instruments, a fascinating and little-known area of traditional Māori culture.
Written by master carver and Maori instrument-maker Brian Flintoff, Taonga Puoro includes a background to the tunes played on these instruments and the families of natural sounds with which they are associated. There are sections covering the varous types of instruments, such as flutes, gourds, wood and shell trumpets and bullroarers; but what really breathes life into this book is the way that the technical information about each instrument is interwoven with the mythological and cultural context to which it belongs.
In addition, instructions are given for making and playing these singing treasures, as well as an explanation to help understand Māori art forms. Taonga Pūoro is illustrated with colour photographs of exquisite contemporary instruments as well as ancient taonga held in museums around the world.
About the Author
Brian Flintoff is a master bone-carver, whose work is held on marae through Aotearoa and in private and public collections and museums throughout the world. He has been carving for over 35 years, and has been most influenced in his work by traditional Māori artists, as well as artists from other indigenous cultures, especially that of the West Coast Canadian Indian tribes. Brian is widely regarded as one of Aotearoa’s pre-eminent makers of Māori instruments. He works from his home studio in Nelson.
Format: Paperback with gatefolds