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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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
It is the hyenas , hunting at night , that make most of the kills , and the lions seen
on the carcasses in daytime are the scavengers . Hans Kruuk has discovered that
the crater ' s hyenas are divided in great clans , and that sometimes these ...
I was careful to be quiet : the night has ears , as the Maasai say . From the Crater
Highlands rose the Southern Cross ; the Pleiades , which the Maasai associate
with rains , had waned in early June . July is the time of wind and quarrels , and ...
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