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Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom$
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David W. Akin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838140

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838140.001.0001

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Maasina Rule and the Government

Maasina Rule and the Government

(p.214) Chapter 6 Maasina Rule and the Government
Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom

David W. Akin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes Maasina Rule's influence across Malaita. As 1945 progressed, emissaries carried the movement over the island, melding with other new political groups, and an overarching structure emerged. Nori led his first patrol north that July, and District Officer Michael Forster later wrote that, by October, the movement “was firmly established throughout the whole district” and “very little opposition to it remained.” As Malaita officers learned more about Maasina Rule, they could not settle on how to regard its activities. After a late-August 1945 ʻAreʻare tour, and another inland in Kwaio, Forster worried about the movement's evident secrecy, possible misgovernment by unqualified chiefs, and the difficulties they might cause for government relations with the people.

Keywords:   Maasina Rule, Nori, Malaita officers, Kwaio, ʻAreʻare, Michael Forster

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