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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In the rainy season, they grow millet, and in the dry season, when the cattle are
herded to the rivers, they eat fish. They are poor farmers and poor hunters, which
accounts for the abundance of wild creatures in their land. In effect, their ...
Like the Nuer, the Maasai believe that all cattle on earth belong to them, and that
taking cattle from others is their right. Originally it was God's intent to give all
cattle to the Dorobo, but the great Maasai ancestor Le-eyo tricked the Dorobo,
Cattle, by comparison, must be brought to water every day or two, and waste
coarse grasses used by the wild animals. In addition, the game matures and
breeds much earlier than domestic stock, and no fencing, shelter, tsetse control, ...
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