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In/visible Sight

The Mixed-Descent Families of Southern New Zealand

Angela Wanhalla begins her story in Maitapapa, Taieri, New Zealand, the mixed-descent community where her great-grandparents, John Brown and Mabel Smith, were born. As her book took shape, a community emerged from the records, re-casting history and identity in the present. Drawing on the experiences of mixed-Maori/White families, Wanhalla examines the early history of southern New Zealand. There, Ngäi Tahu engaged with the European newcomers on a sustained scale from the 1820s, encountering systematic settlement from the 1840s, and fighting land alienation from the 1850s. The evolving social world was one framed by marriage, kinship networks, and cultural practices – a world in which inter-racial intimacy played a formative role.

220 pages

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tables


Chapter 1. Intimate Histories

Chapter 2. Pátahi’s Story

Chapter 3. Interracial Families and Communities

Chapter 4. Boundary Crossings

Chapter 5. Fears and Anxieties

Chapter 6. Racial Categories and Lived Identities

Chapter 7. Migration Stories

Chapter 8. In/visible Sight




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