The Alur political system is a series of overlapping,
interlocking chiefdoms, which were never unified in a
polity during precolonial times. Related lineages from
chiefdoms performed some religious ceremonies together,
intermarriage among chiefdoms was also fairly common.
recognized other Alur speakers as neighbors. The Acholi
land east of Alur territory, and the Alur lost land in
the creation of Murchison (Kabalega) National Game Park.
subsequently incorporated some Sudanic-speaking groups
society as they expanded to the west.
Alur territory was remote from British commerce during
colonial times, but once colonial boundaries were set,
found ways to profit from cross-border smuggling. Only a
churches, schools, and medical dispensaries were
many Alur became migrant laborers in Buganda to earn money
their taxes. Despite its geographical isolation, Alur
in the 1980s showed signs of substantial but uneven
acculturation, influenced by Sudanese, Zairian, and other
cultures. Alur society also became the object of some of
anti-Amin revenge that swept through the region in the
Data as of December 1990