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 most of East Africa , the Middle Stone Age gave way abruptly to the Iron Age ,
without that intervening stage of New Stone Age settlement that came about
elsewhere with the domestica - tion of plants and animals . Yet here and there the
The land east of Lake Rudolf appears to have been a main migration route of
early peoples , for here and there upon the landscape are strange stone heaps
four or five feet high , ten feet across , encircled at the base by a ring of larger
... rock , eroding , is tilting it gradually into a gully . Forms of bao are still played by
primitive people all over Africa , for the game comes down out of the Stone Age .
Each stone represents an animal , and each hole a stock corral or boma ; the ...
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