Kōrero: Telecommunications

Pūtātara (shell trumpet)

Pūtātara (shell trumpet)

Pūtātara were used to communicate over distances and were treasured as heirlooms by chiefly families. They were made from conch or triton shells, and made a loud sound which carried long distances when blown. The tip of the shell was cut off and replaced by a wooden, usually carved, mouthpiece.

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Reference: ME003937

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

A. C. Wilson, 'Telecommunications - Early telegraphy and telegrams', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/21997/putatara-shell-trumpet (accessed 16 December 2019)

He kōrero nā A. C. Wilson, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010