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 men are Kamba from the dry thorn scrub on the east slope of the
highlands; they are more accustomed to the bush than the Kikuyu, and more
willing to sleep upon the ground. The name Kamba means "traveler," for they
were always ...
Kimungin- ye is a calm old African who at midday had not asked for water, even
in the 100-degree heat: the Kamba are tough — tough as the hyena's sinew, as
the Maasai say. Perhaps Kimunginye recalled how, in his parents' time, these "
For many tribes, the baobab, being infested with such nocturnal creatures as
owls, bats, bushbabies, and ghosts, is a house of spirits; the Kamba say that its
weird "upside-down" appearance was its punishment for not growing where God
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