Nuer boy

Nuer boy
40 x 30 mm | Print 35mm contact
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A head and shoulders portrait of a boy identified as Tot, wearing a bead necklace. Tot was a member of Evans-Pritchard's household during his fieldwork in 1931, but died only a few years later in 1936, it was said due to having milked a cow after his initiation. Beyond can be seen a beehive-style hut and windbreak, indicating that the photograph was taken at a dry season cattle camp (wec).
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
[Southern Sudan] Upper Nile or Jonglei
Nuer Lou
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Physical Anthropology
Original catalogue lists in Manuscript Collections. Additional material in related documents files. [CM 27/9/2005]
Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry: [p. 98] 1966.27 [1 - 24] G[ift] PROFESSOR E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD; INST. OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 51 BANBURY RD. OXFORD 1966.27.17 S. SUDAN. NUER TRIBE. Box of negatives each in separate envelope, labelled. (some missing). Nos. 1 - 213. (prints in box 1966.27.18)...1966.27.18 S. SUDAN. NUER TRIBE. Box of prints each in separate envelope. Nos. 1 - 213. (negatives in 1966.27.17.)

Manual Catalogues [typewritten, entitled "Nuer Photographs (E-P)"] - 176. Tot. (S.) [small size]

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "2
176 "

Other Information:
On page 217 E. E. Evans-Pritchard's article Nuer: Tribe and Clan, Sudan Notes and Records, XVIII, 1935, he notes that 'A Nuer boy, Tot, was a member of my household in 1931. When I returned in 1935 I learned that he was sick with a swollen belly, and in 1936 that he had died in Malakal hospital. The reason given for his death was that after initiation he had milked a cow secretly at night in a byre and drunk its milk.' [Chris Morton 5/5/2004]
Christopher Morton [19/4/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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