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Mormon missionaries in Māori village

Mormon missionaries in Māori village

US Mormon missionaries who arrived in New Zealand in the 1880s and 1890s worked mainly in Māori communities and learned to speak Māori fluently. This photograph shows missionaries with local people in the porch of a whare in an unidentified community. Mormon elder Oliver Dunford said, 'We ate the Maori food, we slept in the Maori huts, we studied Maori traditions, we began ... no doubt to look like Maori.'

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Hirini Kaa, 'Ngā hāhi – Māori and Christian denominations - Mormon Church', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30647/mormon-missionaries-in-maori-village (accessed 20 September 2021)

Story by Hirini Kaa, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Mar 2017