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The History Behind Karetao Pūoro - With James Webster

The History Behind Karetao Pūoro - With James Webster

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  • Sun 19 Jun ’16, 1:30pm


Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

James Webster (Tainui, Te Arawa) will talk about the history of Māori musical instruments and puppets and explain how he became involved in the creation and playing of these taonga (treasures).

Taonga pūoro (singing treasures), like the Māori language, reflects the sounds and rhythms of nature and the environment. One of the early uses of taonga pūoro was in the art of healing through music. These traditional instruments have whakapapa (genealogy) and pūrakau (origin stories).

Over recent years there has been a revival of the craft of taonga pūoro. Webster is a member of the group Haumanu which is dedicated to this revival - teaching and sharing of these taonga through instrument making and musical and artistic performances.

James Webster is a multi-disciplined artist specialising in tā moko (Māori tattoo), sculpture and working in the fields of carving (bone, stone and wood), painting and other mixed-media creations.

This talk is part of Rotorua Museum’s Matariki celebrations. Traditionally, Matariki was a time to remember those who had died the previous year. But it was also a joyful time – crops and other food had been harvested or collected, so with plenty of food in the storehouses, Matariki was a time for singing, dancing and feasting.

Today, Matariki celebrations take place all over the country and allow us to come together to celebrate the unique land and culture in which we live. Matariki has grown in popularity to be widely recognised as a uniquely “New Zealand Thanksgiving”.

For further information, contact Kathy Nicholls phone 07 351 8456 or email kathy.nicholls@rotorualc.nz.

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