|Fish hooks were one of the earliest functional uses of bone in many primitive cultures, including the Native Americans of New England predating the arrival of Europeans. |
The early Maori hooks were made from the bones of the moa, a now extinct ostrich-like bird that was 8 to 9 feet tall. Because bone is such a durable material, bone hooks have survived as artifacts. In New Zealand, hooks are often given to young boys as a first carving. They not only symbolize abundance, but also represent self-sufficiency.
The simplicity of the lines of a hook demonstrate that 'less is more'. They are very soothing to the touch.