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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Outside are the dung huts of parasitic Samburu attracted to the settlement, and a
few cowled Somali women come and go. Some of the huts have rusty tin sheets
stuck onto the roof, in emulation of the tin ovens of the workers; the traditional ...
Anyway, as one man says, the wind keeps the huts cool enough, and with one
hand, one can make a window anywhere one likes. The man who said this was
an El Molo, or, more precisely, in their own pronunciation, Llo- molo; the name, ...
The old women, sullen, sit in the hot shadows of the huts, weaving palm fronds
into skirts and nets and harpoon line. Perhaps they sense a condescension in the
visitors, or wonder if the village will be paid. The dance grows ever more excited,
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