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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On the far side of the desert valley is the Gol — the "Hard Country" of the Maasai
— a badlands of arid thorny hills and high cold wind. The Gol is crossed by a
canyon two miles wide, Ngata Kiti, that climbs gradually in a kind of arch and ...
Avoiding all others, they moved in small bands through the hills surrounding the
hot arid Yaida Valley. I asked Myles if one could visit them, and he shrugged:
there might be a few at the Yaida game post, but the wild ones would be very
hard to ...
Until they can come to agriculture of their own accord, Ender- lein is trying to
persuade the government to establish the Yaida Valley as a game reserve in
which Hadza would be hired as trackers, game scouts, and hunters in a game-
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