Schooling on the Missionary Frontier: The Hohi Mission Station, New Zealand
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- Smith, I.W.G. Int J Histor Archaeol (2014) 18: 612. doi:10.1007/s10761-014-0272-3
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Schooling was integral to the process of missionization in many of the places where it occurred throughout the world, yet it has scarcely been explored through the archaeological record. Excavations at Hohi, New Zealand, located a school founded by CMS missionaries in 1816, providing a material record that, in conjunction with documentary sources, enables reconstruction of schooling during the earliest stages of cultural engagement in this part of the Pacific. The motivations of both missionaries and indigenous Maori in the establishment and erratic progress of this school are examined, highlighting the role of indigenous agency in the cultural engagements that played out there.