Dinka man with animal trap

Dinka man with animal trap
90 x 115 mm | Print silver , Selo paper
Date of Print:
1933 - 1934
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A Dinka man setting an animal trap (dang) into the earth on a game path [poor image]. The Powell-Cotton's collected this trap, perhaps from the individual in this image, on the 3rd May 1933, and donated it to the Pitt Rivers Museum. It is likely that this print is a still taken from the cine-film made by Powell-Cotton during this expedition.
Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton
Date of Photo:
1933 May
[Southern Sudan] Warab Fanamweir
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Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton
Donated 1934
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Primary Documentation:
Notes on print reverse Ms pencil - "No 2. Dinka Animal Trap. Fixing D. firmly in the ground. Fanam weir, Sudan 1933"

PRM Accession Records - [p. 248] 1934 [insert] 8 [end insert] -
MAJOR P. H. G. POWELL-COTTON , Quex Park, Birchington, E. Kent. Specimens collected by himself & Mrs Cotton, during hunting trips, 1933, viz: - From the DINKA tribe, FANAMWEIR & KORNUK, WHITE NILE [...] [insert] 11 [end insert] - Dang , trap for antelopes etc, a very powerful bow with torsion-string of hide, stick, noose of hide, etc. ib[idem] [FANAMWEIR] (2224).

Other Information - Fanamweir is now located in the administrative district of Warab in the Southern Sudan. Powell-Cotton made ethnographic films during his 1932-3 shooting expedition to southern Sudan; footage included a Dinka hunter setting a trap: "In a game track a
Dinka hunter laid a noose and set its weighty spring-trap, formed like a bow strung with twisted hide" (see the description in Mrs Powell Cotton, "Village Handicrafts in the Sudan", Man 34 (112), pp 90-91).
Dang (plural deng) is a Dinka word meaning bow (D.G. Beltrame 1880, Grammatica e Vocabolario della lingua Denka, p. 190 gives definition as 'arco, schioppo, lancia); Nebel defines the term dhang, pl. dhèng, as ‘bow, rifle’ (Nebel 1979, Dinka-English Dictionary, p. 27). See also Schweinfurth 1873, The Heart of Africa, where dang is used to described a bow-shaped type of parry shield. The Nuer also use the word to describe a type of staff with curling ends, which may be related to this form [RTS 8/11/2004].
The PRM related documents contains details of a cine film 'some tribes of the Southern Sudan', taken by Powell-Cotton during this 1933 expedition, copies of which are now in the National Film and Television Archive and the Powell-Cotton Museum in Kent [RTS 14/3/2005].
Elizabeth Edwards 25/1/2002 Christopher Morton 22/6/2005 [Sudan Project]
Related Collections:
PRM 1934.8.11
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