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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I knew him for a Dorobo, one of that race of hunters living in the forest on game
they trapped or shot with poisoned arrows. They did not cultivate, they existed on
meat and roots and wild honey, and were the relics of an old, old people who had
V Siringet The Dorobo know the spoor of all the animals, and they like to see the
animals. The animals are not bad, for we and they all dwell in the forest together.
The intelligence of animals is not like that of people, but it is not very different, ...
while scarcely of the spiritual quality attained by the Bushman or Dorobo, is no
less real for having been sentimentalized and overblown. But killing without
hunting, for mere souvenirs, describes most of the motorized or airborne
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