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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15 The Galla tribes are the only modern Hamites in East Africa , but four hundred
miles to the south , in the region of the Crater Highlands of Tanzania , peoples
persist whose origins appear to be Hamitic . If so , they derive not from the Galla ...
Perhaps five centuries ago the present day Nandi tribes invaded western Kenya ,
driving earlier herdsmen known as the Tatog south from the region of Mt . Elgon ;
the Maasai tribes were farther to the east , in the grasslands and sur - rounding ...
Within the tribes , certain Maasai became smiths , and fashioned the spear
blades and the short sword known as the simi ; as in Hamitic tribes , such people
were inferior . When the white man appeared in the late nineteenth century , he
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