Swedish girl blowing in a bark nap, captured in a picture by an unknown photographer in the 1930s. A gem from the Nordic Museum's archive.
Näverluren is a very old traditional Nordic instrument made of spruce wood covered with bark. The instrument is associated with, among other things, the old pastoral culture, where it was used to frighten predators, to lure animals, to keep evil forest creatures away and to send messages over long distances.
The oldest bark lurs that have been found in Sweden can be traced back as far as the 10th century and are very similar in design to the earlier bronze lurs. But it is not at all impossible that the reaver's lure is actually even older than the bronze lure. Its tones may have been played over Sweden's mountains and valleys for thousands of years.