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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Today, the six villages still existing are built on the escarpment slopes on this
west side of Lake Natron, and all overlook Ol Doinyo Lengai, which like the
Maasai they consider to be the Mountain of God. It was Ngai who gave the
digging stick ...
The last active volcano in the Great Caldron Mountains is Ol Doinyo Lengai,
which stands by itself between the Crater Highlands and Lake Natron. One
travels there by way of Mto Wa Mbu (Mosquito River), a raffish settlement on the
The vehicles forsake the track and cut due west across the slopes toward Lengai.
These foothills are mostly parasitic cones of ... I shake my head and name the
mountain in Maasai: "Ol Doinyo Lengai!" And they smile and wave: "Ngai! Ngai!
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