An American Indian artifact

[ An American Indian artifact ]
Can you suggest any information about this object?
In October, 1997, I purchased this object in an antique shop in North Conway, New Hampshire (near southern Maine). It is ca. 2-3/8 inches long, and 7/8 inch high.
I know nothing about it. It appears to be a piece of bone, with a bird's talon tied atop the rear with thread. The eye near the front of the creature is drilled all the way through.
Any information will be appreciated. [ Email me! ] E-mail me any thoughts or speculations you may have. (One person has written to me that the object might be a fish hook; another wrote that it looked fake.)
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