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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... they rise and stamp with the right foot as they touch the ground , and on each
rise the upright spears and clubs , or rungus , are twirled all the way around .
Some dancers make shrill whoops , patting their mouths ; others clap hands in
Later , Ngwinye , fishing alone , pierces a onepound fish at least fifteen feet from
shore . The stalk , the squat , the wait and rise and throw is a dance more stirring
than the spear dance of the moran , which had been taken from another culture .
On the sky rise twin hills walled with soaring monoliths , quite unlike anything I
have ever seen ; the hills overlook the upper Udahaya Valley , between the
Sipunga and the Mbulu Escarpment . Seeing the hills the hunters cry out ,
leaping rocks ...
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