Posts tagged with shell

The art of sounding the pūtātara shell trumpet

  • Richard Nunns talks to Te Papa's taonga pūoro group, March 2010.
  • Richard Nunns putatara1
  • Richard Nunns putatara2
  • Richard Nunns with a pūtātara

The staff in Te Papa’s taonga pūoro group are very lucky to have Richard Nunns as our mentor. Through his teaching and encouragement we continue to explore the kaupapa of taonga pūoro. Richard is an incredibly busy man, travelling throughout New Zealand and often overseas, involved in many different projects.  If he has a spare hour and he’s in… Read more »

Childhood ailment remembered through Tahitian necklaces

Objects associated with interesting stories, often find their way to the museum, here is a recent example. In May 2009, 13 Tahitian shell hei (necklaces) were gifted to Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures collection by Anton Coppens. These are rare and important examples of hei made in Tahiti during the mid-twentieth century. Necklaces are an essential… Read more »