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 In/visible Sight takes shape, a
community emerges 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,
Ngai 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 interracial intimacy played a formative role.
Angela Wanhalla is an award-winning scholar and lectures in history at the University of Otago. Publishing in international periodicals and engaged in research, Wanhalla draws on a strong theoretical framework for her writing on Maori society.
List of Maps and Tables Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Intimate Histories Chapter 2. Patahi'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 Endnotes Bibliography Index