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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There was a footpath to a point on the peninsula where a Shilluk tended a weir ;
from here , in crude dugout canoes , the tribesmen crossed the river to a large
village in a grove of palms . Respecting crocodiles , I did not press to be taken ...
Below , a smaller village stands outlined on the inland sea . Loiyengalani is
composed of a police post and The Llo - molo , who pride themselves on hona
small Asian duka that serves the nomad herds esty and hospitality ,
accommodate the ...
Though the Maasai have little faith in witchcraft , they recognize ill provenance
and evil spirits , and a person dying is removed outside the fences so that death
will not bring the village harm . Eventually the body is taken to the westward
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