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The Missionary as a Cultural Interpreter

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Jonna-Lynn Knauer Mandelbaum

The Missionary as a Cultural Interpreter examines the years of Methodist missionary activity in Mozambique from the 1880s to 1975. It describes how missionaries learned to speak Xitshwa, what educational programs were established by the missionaries, what information about the Tshwa culture was transmitted to supporters at home and what Western cultural forms were transmitted to the Tshwa people. Through these discussions the author presents the missionary's role in transmitting cultural information from one group to another.
Contents: The missionary and missionary documents are used as the primary sources to explain language acquisition, establishment of educational programs and development of mission-related publicity.