The tree where man was born
In this classic volume, Matthiessen exquisitely combines both nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully portrays the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; and the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories.
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tion of western rule. Patrice Lumumba, whose murder had involved us so
abruptly in the chaos of anti-colonialism, had been a Bantu, and these people
share much with the black American or West Indian whose ancestors were
transported out ...
Older Negroid stocks found living along the rivers as well as certain herdsmen
and hunter-gatherers were absorbed — hence the variety of Bantu physical types
, which are mostly lighter and less prognathous than the Negroids of West Africa.
The Meru (Bantu) of Mt. Kenya have a tradition of a cattle people called the
Mwoko with whom they warred only a few centuries ago, and who buried their
dead in a contracted position under stone cairns, as the Galla do today. Farther
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