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A "Vaka Missionary" in Viti levu, 1881

Reference Number: PAColl-5530-32

Fijians and some Europeans gathered in an open space in Korovatu village. Near the front of the image stand a line of men in traditional dress shouldering clubs, preparing to meke (dance). Most of the other people are sitting. Centre left background stands a Fijian building, and the whole space is surrounded by vegetation.

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1 image, related to Gerrard Ansdell, Viti Levu, Korovatu, Buildings - Fiji, Villages - Fiji, Clothing and dress - Fiji, Gathering rites - Fiji and Men, Fijian.

Part of:
Highlands of Fiji :Copy Negatives from photographs by Gerrard Ansdell, Reference Number PAColl-5530 (42 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w copy negative(s)Single negative

Historical Notes: According to Gerrard Ansdell's own account, a "Vaka Missionary" is a gathering rather like a Maori hui, with the purpose of raising contributions for the support of the mission. People from different villages gather to meet and above all meke (dance). The Methodist mission in Fiji in 1881 was largly self supporting and required a large expenditure. Thus, in Ansdell's words, the missionaries were "obliged to screw it out of the native population by what is called voluntary contributions."

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