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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... then re - turned to inferior status in their own land , had an additional cause for
bitterness , and many of these soldiers joined the Land Freedom Army movement
, which was armed mostly with the cane - cutting machete called the panga .
... Kenya have a tradition of a cattle people called the Mwoko with whom they
warred only a few centuries ago , and who buried their dead in a contracted
position under stone cairns , as the Galla do today . Farther south , the Gogo (
Bantu ) ...
The young cow stopped a few yards short of the hood . Her bluff called , she
backed up , forefoot swinging , and began what is known to behaviorists as
displacement feeding , by way of expending her chagrin . Forefoot still swinging
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