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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Leite is tall and brown, with a stretched ear lobe looped into a knot; he gazed
about him with an open smile, happy to be here in Maasai Land. Leite's people
were part of the last wave of lean herdsmen to descend upon East Africa from the
xenophobic tribe of Bantu-speakers who defend an enclave in this remote corner
of Maasai Land. Like many eastern Bantu groups of hill regions, they may have a
strong Caucasoid strain in their blood from the Hamitic tillers they displaced, ...
We flew south over the Maasai Steppe, the broad trackless central plateau of
Tanzania. ... to avoid the country to the north, for Dodoma lies at the south end of
the Maasai Steppe, the two hundred-mile southern extension of Maasai Land.
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