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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At the cave is the game scout Nangai, come on foot from Yaida Chini to fetch
back his young wife Kabaka, daughter of Giga. "Who knows why she ran away?"
Nangai shrugs, smiling shyly at his sullen wife. Giga, holding his ornamented ...
We descend to the river at daybreak, accompanied by the game scouts
Magandula and Nangai, and Mugunga, who is Nangai's young porter, and two
wild Hadza, Yaida and Salibogo. Magandula carries Peter's .375, which few
When Nangai steps forward and takes hold of the poisoned arrows, the Mangati
leader abandons his bad smile. He refuses to let go, and his companions,
scowling, shift their feet. The youngest, a very beautiful cold-faced morani, not yet
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