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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That ' s the Yaida , ” Turner told me . “ That ' s where those Bushman people are ,
the Watindiga . ” Down there in that arid and inhospitable stillness , cut off from a
changing Africa by the ramparts of the Rift , last bands of the Old People turned ...
At the same time , the government , embarrassed that a Stone Age group should
exist in the new Africa , has at - tempted to settle the hunters in two villages , one
at Yaida Chini , the other farther west at an American Lutheran mission station ...
Tsetse control is to be resumed , and the people sent out to girdle and kill the “
useless ” tsetse - har - boring acacias that keep the valley from turning to a desert
, and ever more outsiders are encouraged to settle the Yaida even though two ...
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