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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We descended the steep bank under the camp and made our way downriver to
the hide . The herd was busy at the pool , but I disliked our position very much .
The animals were cut off ; their only escape was straight back down the river past
In this valley , the only land that goes unburned is land too overgrazed to carry
ably they will hide from us , as well , unless they see that we are with Hadza
whom they trust . Magandula is a game scout and the prestige of his bunduki , or
Here , at dark , covered only with the thin rags worn in the day , the family lies
down together on the small mat of kongoni hide or hay . From the thorn walls
hang gourds and arrow packets and bird skins for arrow vanes , and by one
hearth is ...
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