History
Polynesian Resource Center

Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Polynesian Art and Culture

Search by letter:

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z #

Articles starting with H

Harpooning Sharks in Polynesia

Harpooning Sharks in Polynesia

In pre-European times the Maori used a bird-spear to which a barbed bone point was attached. Hundreds of these points may be seen in museums and private collections, and adequate accounts of the methods of use are on record. The use of spears in taking flounders is also on record, but in this case the accounts given of methods of use cannot be described as adequate. I do not know of any reference to the use of the harpoon by the Maori, though there are in collections a number of harpoon points, and it is thus certain that the harpoon was used.

Hawaiian Fish Hooks – How to tell Authentic from Tourist Trash

Hawaiian Fish Hooks – How to tell Authentic from Tourist Trash

This fish hook pendant made from Mammoth ivory sells for $650 US probably representing the high end of modern Hawaiian fish hooks and it is of course not Hawaiian, except that it is made supposedly in Hawaii which is not at all the same thing.  Below is an image of an old Hawaiian fish hook from the Bishop Museum Collection (Princess Ruth Keelikolani Collection) accession number B.03650 made from human bone and it is typical Hawaiian form with an incurved point and lower barb, the original Hawaiian olona line still attached to the top of the shank.

Sales Enquires This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Academic, Insitutional and Artist Enquires This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Unfortunately due to being a small institution without paid staff we have no facility to answer general inquiries or comments.