We Wia Ragai: Missionary Collection and Synergetic Assemblages in the Solomon Islands 1920-1942

Diana Smith

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    Abstract

    An entry in Edith Safstrom's diary, We Wia Ragai, marks her first posting to the girl's mission school in the Solomon Islands, and is a Mota phrase told to her by lay missionary colleague, Ida Wench. The phrase essentially means "it is good to be here among you all" and echoed Edith's thoughts on life at the school on tiny Mbungana Island. The Safstrom collection of artifacts held in the Museum of Victoria and Edith's diaries unwrap a synergetic dialogue between lay missionary women and Indigenous women and children. The collection circumscribes a lay missionary's collective experience of Christianity and acceptance of Indigenous cultural heritage from 1921 to 1942 in the Solomon Islands.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)188-208
    Number of pages21
    JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
    Volume14
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010

    Keywords

    • Adaptation
    • Collecting
    • Material culture
    • Synergetic

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