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This structure in turn provides them with the bases for a thumbnail sketch of some supposedly empirical situation (about which their audience is relatively ignorant, and so must depend on the reporting anthropologist); but the sketch is so simple and partial that it begs all the important questions and easily disguises its own false premises and assumptions. I wish to insist on the need for us to embed our models of cognitive processes firmly among the other processes that also unfold in the world where people live.

The signs of approaching death provoked a debate over the meaning of life, which the missionaries had come in fact to initiate with Maori. There were Maori and modernity 41 arguments over how best to handle his affliction, which each side was determined to win. In the midst of it all was Ruatara, too weak to say much, but clearly not wanting to die. On one side of this ontological tug of war were the tohunga, or priests, who were concerned about Ruatara’s hau. On the other were Marsden and his missionaries, who were trying to save his soul, so that he could go to heaven.

They will come to live in New Zealand if you will not hurt them; and teach you how to grow corn Wheat and make Houses. Charles has sent you a cock and Mrs. Marsden has sent you a shirt and jacket. I have sent you some wheat for seeds, and you 46 Anne Salmond must put it into the ground as soon as you can. I have sent you a mill to grind your corn. …I am, Your friend, Samuel Marsden (Marsden, in HO CMS 54: 312–13) In a recent work, The Linguistic Intuition, Steven Pinker has defined culture in a way which focuses on just such processes of cultural transfer.

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