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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The early descriptions of the Hadza bring to mind the small men with large bows
and strange speech who were driven high onto Mt. Kilimanjaro by the Chagga,
and also the "people of small stature and hideous features," as L. S. B. Leakey ...
Though the nomadic Hadza do not burden themselves with metal bracelets, most
women wear single headbands of white, red, and blue beads as well as bead
armlets, anklets, and knee bands, and like the men, they may have three scars
In proof of his corruption by the world, Mutu begs cynically for two shillingi — the
only Hadza that ever begged at all — and is happy to accept a dove instead.
Despite his misery and decrepitude, he has no wish to visit the dispensary at
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