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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Away from the rivers, the only large tree in this nyika is the great, strange baobab,
but the baobab, which stores calcium in its bark, has been hammered hard by
elephants, and few young trees remain in Tsavo Park. For many tribes, the ...
Probably we shall never come much closer to the truth than the people's own
account of Hadza origins: Man, say the Hadza, descended to earth on the neck of
a giraffe, but more often they say that he climbed down from a baobab. The
The women are out gathering roots and tubers, and also the silken green nut of
the baobab which, pounded on a stone and cooked a little, provides food for five
months of the year. The still air of the hillside quakes with the pound of rock on ...
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