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 girl was fleeing a Mangati admirer who was unable to resist a running target.
The dying girl was discovered by Enderlein's cook who, interpreting her gasps as
evidence of helpless drunkenness, took speedy advantage of his opportunity ...
Already a few Mbulu have crossed the river and set up maize shambas in the
region of Gidabembe, and meanwhile Mangati filter up into the Si- punga from
the south. While as yet there is no sign of overgrazing, this will come. The Mbulu
Mangati women wear skirts of leather cured in human urine, as Maasai women
did in former days. Certain warm-breasted leather-skirted girls of the Mangati,
carved northern faces softened by the south, are the loveliest women, black or
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