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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x Al Gidabembe The Abatwa are very much smaller people than all small people
; they go under the grass and sleep in anthills ; they go in the mist ; they live in the
up country in the rocks . . . . Their village is where they kill game ; they ...
They are happy we are to visit them and delighted to pile the zebra meat into the
Land Rover , for the day is hot and dry and from here to where these Hadza live ,
behind the Sipunga Hills , is perhaps six miles of stony walking . The eldest ...
Magandula , scrubbing his shoes , becomes excited and speaks shrilly : “ To live
in the bush is bad ! Hasn ' t the government taught us to live in houses ? I want
nothing to do with the bush ! ” In recent years the government has made of the ...
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