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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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 of Africa in Anglo
Older Ne - groid 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 ...
These vanished peoples left their traces in the terracing and irrigation techniques
of the Negroids , both Bantu and Nilote , who cultivate those hillsides where their
remains have been found , and who have adopted — in these regions but ...
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