Pūtātara

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A pūtātara in Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand.
A pūtātara in Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand.

The pūtātara is a type of trumpet used by the Māori people of New Zealand. It is customarily made with a carved wooden mouthpiece and a bell made from New Zealand's small native conch shells (Charonia lampas rubicunda) or triton shell (Charonia tritonis).[1] Larger pūtātara were particularly prized as the triton shell was rarely found and only sometimes washed up on the beaches in the Far North.[2]

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  1. ^ "Putatara (shell trumpet)". Collections Online. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Putatara". Matariki Teacher Resources: Taonga pūoro. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 

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