Nuer porters in stream

Nuer porters in stream
35 mm | Negative film Kodak Panatonic
Same Image As:
Previous PRM Number:
WT.Southern Sudan.8a.32

Accession Number:
A line of Thesiger's porters wading through a stream or khor, holding baggage on their heads. On his first four month trek in Western Nuerland Thesiger employed about thirty porters at a shilling a day, who each carried about forty pounds in weight. Thesiger conceded that many of the porters were necessary simply to carry food for the others.
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
Date of Photo:
1938 - 1939
[Southern Sudan] Wahda
PRM Source:
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
Accepted as Art in Lieu of Inheritance Tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Pitt Rivers Museum, March 2004
Other Owners:
Expedition , Topography
Bag , Rivers & Streams
Primary Documentation:
Manual Catalogue (Thesiger album card) - 'VOL E p. 26/Treking with Nuer porters.' (on Thesiger's album card) [Elin Bornemann 24/5/2004]

Other Information:
In The Life of My Choice (Harper Collins 1987) Thesiger notes (page 299) that 'with the country still under water, I sometimes had to cross as many as forty or fifty khors during a day's march. Most of them I could wade but some I had to swim. The porters carried segments of ambach which grew locally, and with these they fashioned small rafts to ferry the loads across the deeper khors.' Chris Morton [17/9/2004]
Elin Bornemann [11/12/2003] Christopher Morton [15/9/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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