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Disturbing HistoryResistance in Early Colonial Fiji$
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Robert Nicole

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832919

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832919.001.0001

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Navosavakadua and the Tuka Movement

Navosavakadua and the Tuka Movement

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(p.45) Chapter Two Navosavakadua and the Tuka Movement
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Disturbing History
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Robert Nicole

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832919.003.0002

This chapter discusses the Tuka Movement that emerged on the northern coast of Viti Levu between 1878 and 1891. It accounts for the transition from warfare to religious protest as one of the main channels through which Fijians challenged authority. In many ways, this movement extended the Colo War but changed the means and sites of resistance. If Kai Colo fought with military weapons, Tuka’s weapons took a more religious, cultural, and symbolic form. The fears and grievances against the presence and designs of foreign forces such as Bauans, settlers, labor recruiters, the mission, and the colonial government were the same. However, local intra-Ra politics gave this conflict its distinctiveness, as did the majestic presence of the Nakauvadra Range, which formed the geographical and mythical backdrop of the rising.

Keywords:   religious protest, Tuka Movement, Navosavakadua, Nakauvadra Range, intra-Ra politics, Viti Levu

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