Cannibal fork at Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Cannibal fork, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

by | March 23, 2003 — 3:32 pm

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii — Cannibal fork displayed at Honolulu’s Bishop Museum. The extent of cannibalism in Hawaii and Polynesia, in general, is a sketchy subject, greatly exaggerated by sensationalistic European and American writers. Contrary to legend, Captain Cook was not eaten by cannibals — but his body was roasted to facilitate the removal of his bones, which were thought to contain power.

This fork is similar to the Fijian cannibal forks sold to tourists.


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