Nuer men at dance

Nuer men at dance
58 x 55 mm | Print gelatin silver
There are records relating to alternative images that we do not have scans for in the database:
1998.355.669.1 - Negative film nitrate , (58 x 55 mm )
Silver sulphide staining overall (worst on left hand side) [?EE 1987]
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
8 [2]

Accession Number:
Two men with spears run toward the camera, with other groups beyond on the dance ground. This sort of war play was a common feature of such dance gatherings where initiated youths of differing villages faced each other in mock running battles as a show of group prowess. Dances were also significant occasions for courtship. The people are described as Jikul, a lineage or clan name not associated with one particular tribal territory, but which was a significant lineage around Nyueny and surrounding villages in Leek country where Evans-Pritchard conducted the bulk of his fieldwork in western Nuerland, but also a significant residential grouping among the Western Jikany, where this image was probably taken.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1936 October - November
[Southern Sudan] Wahda
Nuer Western Jikany Jikul
There would seem to be three Rolleiflex films identified as no. 8 in the Nuer series, which I have identified based upon differences in the handwritten style of enumerating the number 8 on the print reverses, as well as on visual content. [CM 26/10/2007]
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Dance , Weapon , Social Life
Dance Accessory , 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 XIV, ms ink] - 38. dancing

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "8 Jikul" & print front border ms ink - "NUER XIV/38"
Christopher Morton [27/8/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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