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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with a few Turkana mixed among them. The Samburu herdsmen will not work
upon the roads. They share the attitudes of true Maasai, whose lands in Laikipia
they occupied after the great Maasai civil wars of the 1880's, and to whom they
An old African sweeps the fading paths in the hope of a future, and hastened to
fill the swimming pool in honor of our arrival. One of his tasks, as he conceives it,
is to keep the lodge grounds clear of Samburu, Turkana, and Rendille, whose ...
Between 1909 and 1926, the Turkana, who trade cattle into Ethiopia for rifles and
to this day stage cattle raids against other Karomo- jong, resisted the combined
authority of Kenya, Uganda, and the Sudan. But repression was less damaging ...
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