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Music to Māori Ears

Episode:119Te Papa Collection:Taonga Māori

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 6

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Communicating and Interpreting

Description:The humble case moth is said to have inspired the beautiful shape and sounds of a special taonga puoro, or Māori musical instrument. How can that be?

Questions for students

  1. Why is the sound of the putorino said to be inspired by the case moth? Do you think this is a true story? Why do you think that?
  2. Describe the sounds the putorino can make and how they are produced. What do the different sounds represent? Use the 'Comparisons' response template to compare the sounds of the putorino with another wind instrument, such as the flute or trumpet.
  3. Shane says many putorino have lain dormant in museums for many years, until recently. What does he mean by this? Why are there no records of how putorino were made and used?
  4. There has been a renewed interest in making and playing traditional Māori instruments. Why do you think people have taken a greater interest in recent years? Where can they learn more?
  5. Most cultures have used musical instruments for centuries. Find out more about taonga puoro, or the traditional instruments of a different culture.

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