South Sudan

Arts & Culture
Ankole cattle herd near Bor, South Sudan.
Traditional wrestling match that our Dinka brothers are famous for.
A Maize farm in Eastern Equatoria State
Traditional Sudanese and South Sudanese lunch time dish, beans,lentils
Welcome to Loreto Girls School in Rumbek 2011 first Graduation.
Traditional Shilluk beaded necklace
Artist: EmpressAbul Oyay
Artist: EmpressAbul Oyay
Artist: EmpressAbul Oyay
Painting: Meet me by the River
Artist: Unknown
South Sudan Sketch
Folk Art Market by the Roots Project
Man’s Corset, Dinka, South Sudan
Dinka men regularly wear beaded corsets, partly as indicators of their age group and position. The yellow beads in this corset suggest that it may have been designed for a man over the age of thirty. The glass beads and wire used in making such corsets are imported products, making the outfits considerable markers of status and prestige.
Woman’s garment
Late 19th – early 20th century Dinka people, South Sudan Glass beads, leather, fur, strings H: 70 cm
This is a wooden monument created by the Bongo people from South Sudan to mark the grave of an important member of the community, often a high ranking hunter or warrior. This work was carved from a single tree trunk of mahogany - mahogany’s great durability protects such sculptures from the wear and tear of the elements as well as from degradation by termites. The eyes were originally marked by beads. In some cases, the posts capture personal adornments such as bracelets and scarification patterns. During his lifetime, a Bongo man could gain honor and prestige through successfully hunting large animals or achieving victory in combat. In fact, some Bongo effigies are even notched to indicate the number of successful kills achieved by the deceased. The post was raised by the deceased’s relatives usually a year or so after his death in a ceremony accompanied by a large feast. In addition to the central male figure, the grave site may also be decorated with sculptural representations of the deceased’s wives, children, and even victims. The wooden monuments and feast confirm the title and rank attained by the deceased during his lifetime, and ensure that he maintains that place of distinction in the afterlife. The higher the deceased’s status, the more lavish the celebration. During the festivities, relatives and guests recite his accomplishments and genealogy, so that Loma, the Bongo’s Creator God, may evaluate him.
Yuge (wood and leather), ca 1890, Dinka, South Sudan
Bari Neck Ornament
Anuak hat, South Sudan, made using a coiling technique and glass beads
This type of hat is known in Anuak as aduda, and is worn by girls of high rank at marriage ceremonies; “ when the daughter of a noble marries … [the bride comes] wearing around her neck a string of dimui beads and bearing in her hand a dem spear. She is draped around the waist with a leopard’s skin and wears on her head a cap decorated with beads ( aduda ). The skin and the cap become the property of the bridegroom.” (E.E. Evans-Pritchard, 1940, The Political System of the Anuak, p. 113)
Shilluk Tobacco Pipe, made in South Sudan 1938
Artist: Gloria Ssali
Painting: Dink Bride
Atong De March, Miss world South Sudan 2012
Our 2005 winner of South Sudan's very own "MISS MALAIKA" Pageant held in Juba. Misss Rebecca Yom Chor proudly representing her culture
A statue of South Sudan’s founding father, the late Dr. John Garang de Mabior
Proudly raising our flag
A Proud southerner
Manuela Moga Modong was crowned Miss World South Sudan 2013. She will go to the Miss World 2013 finals on September 28th to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Circular ring-shaped stand for a gourd, made from a solid frame of grass stems
A South Sudanese hut in Ruweng County
Nuer tobacco pipe bowl.
Shilluk arm ornament, Anyone know what this is called in shilluk?
Dinka male corset
Toposa, Southern Sudan wrist knife. Locally called a Nyepel
Three lobed Azande pot. The Azande of South Sudan are renowned for thier compact, crafted cermaics
Miss Atong De March representing South Sudan at the 2012 MISS WORLD in China