Nuer man on path

Nuer man on path
58 x 55 mm | Print gelatin silver
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
28 2 (A210)

Accession Number:
A man carrying spears and an ambatch shield and wearing what could be a Chief's Police badge on his left shoulder, walking along a stone-lined path next to the Sobat River at Nasir. The native police force was recruited from 1927 to assist with the enforcement of judgements made at local chief's courts, which were also augmented at this time, a policy forcefully pushed through by C. A. Willis who became governor of Upper Nile Province in 1926.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
[Southern Sudan] Upper Nile Sobat River Nasir
Nuer Eastern Jikany Gaajok
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Insignia , Colonial , Weapon
Ornament Arm , Shield , Spear
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 1966.27.1-16 S. SUDAN. NUER TRIBE. Sixteen negative albums containing negatives and prints of photographs taken by donor during field-work. All listed in albums. Added Accession Book Entry - [p. 98 in right hand column, in pencil] Catalogue room.

Manual Catalogues [index taken from album book IX, ms ink] - 66. Man at Nasser

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "28 2 A210" & print front border ms ink - "NUER IX/66"

Other Information:
Willis's establishment of a Nuer police force in the Upper Nile is discussed in D. Johnson's Nuer Prophets (Clarendon, Oxford, 1994) pp. 184-6. Percy Coriat, a D.C. in the Sudan in the 1920s-30s also noted that 'Chief's Police start and end on 10 pt. per month pay plus a red armlet. They are given a toga of cloth as they are inclined to be shy if in Malakal.' (D. Johnson (ed.), Governing the Nuer: Document by Percy Coriat on Nuer History and Ethnography 1923-31 (JASO, Oxford 1993) p.76. [Chris Morton 26/5/2004]
Christopher Morton [23/7/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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