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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These people were mostly Isanzu, barefoot and ragtag in European shirts and
pants, but to one side stood a dark thick-set pygmoid girl, and Aaron said, "
Tindiga." The girl had a large head with prognathous jaw and large antelope
eyes in ...
According to the Isanzu, the drums had been built in an older time, by an older
people; one thinks of the oracle drums of the great Bantu kingdoms of the lake
country. The Isanzu are superstitious about the drums and keep them hidden.
Magandula and Gimbe have Isanzu fathers, but Giga, smaller and older, is pure
Hadza, black, with heavy jaw and swollen cheekbones and flat nose in a head
too big for a small thick body which will never attain five feet in height. Until
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