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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... the desert was already spreading , and the work of drought was rapidly
advanced by the goats of man , which ate the thorn that had sewn tight a land that
soon unraveled into sand . The Stone Age hunters found by the Asians are
known as ...
A great source of Kikuyu bitterness was the conviction that the tribe had been
tricked out of its land , for every foot of Kikuyu land was owned by individ - ual
tribesmen , not only the pieces for which token sums were paid but also the fallow
v In Maasai Land The primal ancestor of the Masai was one Kidenoi , who lived
at Donyo Egere ( Mount Kenia ) , was hairy , and had a tail . Filled with the spirit
of exploration , he left his home and wandered south . The people of the country ...
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