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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Like many eastern Bantu groups of hill regions , they may have a strong
Caucasoid strain in their blood from the Hamitic tillers they displaced , for the
average Sonjo is lighter in color than the Maasai . With the digging stick that is
their only tool ...
The zebra did not look diseased , and we searched it for sign of Sonjo ar - rows ,
but there was nothing ; it had merely died . Straightening up again , black men
and white stood stunned beneath a leaden firmament , await - ing impulse : there
Robert F . Gray , The Sonjo of Tanganyika , Oxford , 1963 . 8 . Ian Henderson (
with Philip Goodhart ) , The Hunt for Kimathi , Hamish Hamilton , 1958 . 9 . A .
Wykes , Snake Man , Simon and Schuster , 1961 . 0 . C . P . J . Ionides , “
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