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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and whose tongue , with its elegave way abruptly to the Iron Age , without that
ments of Arabic , was to become the trading lanintervening stage of New Stone
Age settlement guage of East Africa . that came about elsewhere with the
The land east of Lake Rudolf appears to have been a main migration route of
early peoples , for here and there upon the landscape are strange stone heaps
four or five feet high , ten feet across encircled at the base by a ring of larger
... eroding , is tilting it gradually into a gully . Forms of bao are still played by
primitive people all over Africa , for the game comes down out of the Stone Age .
Each stone represents an animal , and each hole a stock corral or boma ; the
point of ...
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