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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Today, the six villages still existing are built on the escarpment slopes on this
west side of Lake Natron, and all overlook Ol Doinyo Lengai, which like the
Maasai they consider to be the Mountain of God. It was Ngai who gave the
digging stick ...
the escarpment, and no doubt caused a click of cups by banking in a violent arc
over the void and plunging in a power dive at the ground-water forest, a thousand
feet below. He then swooped up to cliff level again, and came in to a competent ...
... 203 Ngai, 115, 119, 206, 208 Ngata Kiti, 112, 115, 118, 119 Ngong Hills, 113,
200 Ngorongoro Crater, 112, 120, 128, 172, 203 Ngurdoto Crater, 172, 173, 180
Nguruman Escarpment, 194, 200, 202 Nguya, 64, 81 Ngwinye, 82 Nilo-Hamites,
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