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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The two days passed in Malakal , awaiting a ride south , I spent mostly on a long
peninsula which cut off a swamp along the Nile edge . There was a footpath to a
point on the peninsula where a Shilluk tended a weir ; from here , in crude ...
But killing without hunting , for mere souvenirs , describes most of the motorized
or airborne excursions that pass today for the hunting safari . Also , the ... One
day we passed a small man with a bow , sitting on a rock by a small pool .
Soon it passed over a great silent valley . “ That ' s the Yaida , ” Turner told me . “
That ' s where those Bushman people are , the Watindiga . ” Down there in that
arid and inhospitable stillness , cut off from a changing Africa by the ramparts of ...
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