This beautifully crafted Purerehua - Native Timber "Bull-roarer" was carved and crafted by Alex Sands using the native timber of Aotearoa. The handle and instrument are connected with a muka (tan) coloured wax cord.
Purerehua, also known as "Bull-roarer" are made of bone, wood or stone. They are blade-like and swing on a long cord producing a loud, deep whirring sound that can be heard from a distance.
Maori uses varied from luring lizards, summoning rain and attracting a soul mate. In another tradition, several are played in unison at Tangis (funerals).