The Nuer


Nuer cattle at a kraal and a Nuer youth.  The Nuer were one of the few African tribes to successful fend off European colonization.  With weapons made of fine crafted iron, Nuer warriors were noted for their skilled military tactics.  photos: E. E. Evans-Pritchard 1935, Sudan.   


Nuer dancers and cattle at village.   photos: E. E. Evans-Pritchard 1935, Sudan




E. E. Evans-Pritchard (1902-73) did his field work among the Nuer of the Sudan beginning in 1930.  He converted to Roman Catholicism in 1944.  His classic Nuer ethnographies include, The Nuer, A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People. 1940, Oxford: Oxford University Press, and Nuer Religion. 1956, Oxford: Oxford University Press


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