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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Conceivably all these practices were acquired from the Galla , who are known to
have wandered the region north of ... have been found , and who have adopted
— in these regions but nowhere else — all the Hamite customs noted above .
13 Another chief in the same region predicted to a British District Of - ficer that
elephants would take care of a local man who was annoying the village by
holding up an irrigation scheme , and shortly thereafter a herd of elephant came
He spoke sadly of his abandoned projects , of all the potential of the Yaida , of the
rock paintings and other mysteries of this region that is still so unexplored — he
has never found time to go down into Isanzu Land , where there are caves ...
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