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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of leaves and shrubs , while zebra , topi , and wildebeest are grazers ; buffalo ,
elephant , eland , im - pala , and most other antelope do both . Zebras will eat
standing hay , and wildebeests and kon - gonis half - grown grass , leaving the ...
Dafi and Ginawi eat zebra skin after burning off the hair , and put aside strips of
the thick hide to be used for the soles of sandals , which most though not all of the
hunters have adopted . They are joined by a Hadza with oriental eyes , high ...
Zebra , zebra , running fast . . . The women are out gathering roots and tubers ,
and also the silken green nut of the baobab which , pounded on a stone and
cooked a little , provides food for five months of the year . The still air of the
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