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Taonga Pūoro | Singing Treasures

Book or booklet paperback

Taonga Pūoro | Singing Treasures

Commentary or analysis Publication year: 2004



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Taonga Pūoro: Singing Treasures is the first book to be published that comprehensively covers the world of taonga puoro (Māori instruments).

Written by master carver and Māori instrument-maker Brian Flintoff, the book 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 various 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: Singing Treasures is illustrated with colour photographs of exquisite contemporary instruments as well as ancient taonga held in museums around the world.

Note: this publication no longer includes an accompanying CD sampler.


132 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.


Publisher note

Craig Potton

Author note

Flintoff, Brian