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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Yaida Chini is a small dusty settlement strewn along under the line of giant figs
by the Yaida River , and a group of Africans celebrating Saba Saba at the pombe
bar milled out to greet the Land Rover as it rumbled down out of the hills .
Tsetse control is to be resumed , and the people sent out to girdle and kill the “
useless ” tsetse - harboring acacias that keep the valley from turning to a desert ,
and ever more outsiders are encouraged to settle the Yaida even though two ...
Yaida and Salibogo carry bow and arrows . We ford the ... Salibogo is in the lead
, then Enderlein , Nangai , Mugunga , who carries Peter ' s pouch of bullets , then
Magandula , then myself , and finally Yaida , who looks like a young Bushman .
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