These diverse fish hooks come from all over the Pacific, some dating back to the 1800s. Crafted from materials including bone, shell and wood. Fish hooks are a testament to Pasifika peoples resourcefulness, employing different techniques to catch a wide range of fish.

Fishing was a collective effort. When fishermen returned, their catches were shared, reinforcing community bonds. Carving fish hooks was part of sharing traditional skills and knowledge.

For many Pasifika peoples, fish hooks are a symbol of our strong ties to the ocean.

Pasifika fish hooks gallery

Click the image below to view full screen. You can zoom in for more detail of each fish hook by using the magnifying button on the top right hand corner. On mobile, simply use the pinch to zoom gesture with your fingers.

For more information about each fish hook;

  • Find the corresponding number in the image caption field of each fish hook. Please note fish hooks are grouped by Nation.

Explore Pasifika fish hooks from each Nation

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