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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It remains the tradition of both tribes that the Nuer takes openly what the Dinka
takes by stealth, and the Nuer adhere to an ancient custom of raiding and killing
Dinka, who are resigned to their inferior role and offer small resistance; instead ...
zania, and are imitated by many tilling tribes as well. The descendants of these "
Proto-Hamites" have persisted into recent times. The Meru (Bantu) of Mt. Kenya
have a tradition of a cattle people called the Mwoko with whom they warred only
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 surrounding ...
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