Anatom Island Historical Sites

Traces of Anatom’s interesting history are dotted around the island. Many are located in and around the Anelghowhat village, where you can find perhaps the most striking site: the ruins of the Presbyterian church—once the largest missionary church in the Southern Hemisphere—where Scottish Presbyterian minister John Geddie helped bring an end to cannibalism (as well as kava and dancing and customary ceremonies). Also possible to visit are an old cemetery, a missionary house and a “cannibal pot,” which is actually used to boil whale blubber.

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