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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In the rainy season , they grow mil - let , and in the dry season , when the cattle
are herded to the rivers , they eat fish . They are poor farmers and poor hunters ,
which accounts for the abundance of wild creatures in their land . In effect , their ...
This modesty was rewarded with great cattle wealth , whereas the Bantu son was
given a little bit of everything , and ever since has been eking out his days with
his wretched agriculture . Within the tribes , certain Maasai became smiths , and ...
Cattle , by comparison , must be brought to water every day or two , and waste
coarse grasses used by the wild animals . In addition , the game matures and
breeds much earlier than domestic stock , and no fenc - ing , shelter , tsetse
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