Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (Edward Evan), 1902-1973. Economic life of the Nuer: cattle

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Title: Economic life of the Nuer: cattle

Published in: Sudan notes and record -- Vol. 21

Published By: Sudan notes and record -- Vol. 21 Khartoum: [s.n.], 1938. 31-77 p.

By line: E. E. Evans-Pritchard

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Nuer (FJ22)

Subjects: Geography (130); Animal husbandry (230); Water supply (312); Settlement patterns (361);

Abstract: This is an ecological survey of the Nuer. As the title indicates, the importance of cattle in the Nuer economy is clearly brought out. (The secondary importance of tillage is also indicated.) One of the main factors in the Nuer migratory pattern is the need for pasturage for their cattle. The other factors in this pattern -- the need for high ground in flood time, and the need for properly drained (but moist) soil for millet -- are also adequately covered. There is a thorough description of the Nuer country, including a catalogue of insect pests, also some discussion of Nuer geographical lore. In short, the ecological background of Nuer social and political organization is outlined.

Document Number: 6

Document ID: fj22-006

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1931, 1936

Evaluation: Social Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Arthur Fields ; 1956

Coverage Date: 1902-1936

Coverage Place: Sobat and Jonglei Provinces, Sudan

LCSH: Nuer (African people)


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