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World Visions: 'Native Missionaries,' Mission Networks And Critiques Of Colonialism In Nineteenth-Century South Africa And Canada

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It is unclear from extant scholarship how Indigenous people responded to, understood and engaged with the global dimension of nineteenth century Christian missions. This chapter begins to address this question by examining the way two 'native missionaries' in different parts of the British Empire-Tiyo Soga in the Cape Colony (1829-1871) and Henry Budd in the Canadian Northwest (1812-1875)-used their involvement with British mission organisations to construct and mobilise visions of the wider world and respond to colonialism. Examining the writings of Soga and Budd this chapter argues two things: 'native missionaries' saw the world as a place divided by religion and connected by Biblical history; and they used this world vision to critique colonialism and create unique understandings of either pan-Africanism or what might be termed 'pan-Indigeneity,' the belief that historic and contemporary experiences connected so-called 'Indigenous' people in the nineteenth-century.

Keywords: British colonialism; Canada; Henry Budd; nineteenth century Christian mission; pan-Africanism; Tiyo Soga



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