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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Peter Matthiessen, Eliot Porter. Giraffes, Serenget Grant's gazelles and ostriches
displaying (overleaf Grant's gazelles, Serengeti Maasai, Engaruka Plains Maasai
herdboy I Whistling.
From Mto Wa Mbu a dirt track turns off along that part of the Rift wall formed by
the Crater Highlands, arriving eventually at the village of Engaruka, thirty-five
miles north; from there, it was said, a Maasai cattle path wound around the
ramparts of ...
Engaruka is scarcely touched by archeologists, and its origins are presently
unknown. It lies far off the traditional trading routes, an isolated stone-working
community of an estimated thirty to forty thousand souls, the largest such ruin in
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