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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While unable to run down his prey in the way of the wild dog or hyena , or even
rush it swiftly as the lion does , man would have used such lion tactics as driving ,
ambush , and encirclement , and come upwind to the quarry , as lions have ...
15 A werewolf hyena is often an old witch woman , “ trotting along the river now ,
baring her teeth in the night air , ” 16 and the Bantu of Tanzania know of those
who ride hyenas in the night . Peasants are more witch - ridden than hunt - ers
Another day , observing hyenas with Hans Kruuk , I was lucky enough to see a
pangolin , which has overlapping armor on its ... And in darkness they are bold —
a man alone on the night roads of Africa has less to fear from lions than hyena .
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