Friday, March 12, 2010

Haguet (Fish Hook)

The fish hook before you was carved from the trochus shell and spliced with a gaff carved from a cattle bone. The haguet has tribal designs leading up to the eye; pokse was used to bind the haguet where the cattle bone and the trochus shell meet as illustrated above. The haguet is then finished with pokse twine as the main thread.
Ancient Chamorros used two types of haguet (hooks). One was the J-shape hook and the other was the L-shape hook. The hooks were made from shells, turtle shells, and bones, It was used to catch fish to provide for the family or the village (Songsong) community.

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