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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Podocarpus belongs to a primitive group of conifers related to the yews and , with
the East African cedar , forms forests of relict evergreens well over one hundred
feet tall . Such big trees , in East Africa , are now confined to Meru , Kilimanjaro ...
Such massifs as the Ruwenzoris on the Congo - Uganda border and the High
Semien of Ethiopia lack the mystery of Kilimanjaro and Mt . Kenya , which stand
all alone : at 19 , 340 feet , Kilimanjaro is the highest solitary mountain in the
An elder ' s funeral may last nine months , while a monument of mud , dung , and
poles some twelve feet high is erected in stages on the grave ; at the end of the
final ceremonies , as darkness falls , two ancient men crawl naked to the ...
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