He was also a staunch Christian. His parents, both Mary and Harry, were English Christian missionaries in the then British East Africa, which is now the Republic of Kenya (Bowman 15). His father had assumed an earlier developed post of the Church Mission Society (CMS) among the Kikuyu tribe at Kabete. This center was, at that time, a hut and only two marquees in the northern highlands of Nairobi (Bowman 15). The family’s first home had a mud floor, a permeable thatched roof, insects and rodents, and no heating system apart from the charcoal braziers (Bowman 16).
These facilities developed but very slowly. The mission, a place of many activities, established a clinic in one tent, and later a school for African women. The father was working on a conversion of the Bible into the Kikuyu language. Louis had a brother, Douglas, who was younger than him, as well as two elder sisters, Julia Leakey and Gladys Leakey. His main family came to include also Miss Oakes (a governor), Mariamu (a Kikuyu nurse) and Miss Higgenbotham (a missionary) (Bowman 16).
Naturally, Louis was raised, learned to hunt and played with Africans. He learned to march with the distinguishing gait of the Kikuyu man and also speak their language fluently like his brother and sisters. Leakey was officially initiated into the Kikuyu culture, an occasion of which he never spoke of because he was sworn to privacy (Bowman 16). Louis asked and was granted authorisation to set up and move into a Kikuyu style hut at the garden end. It was hut to his individual collection of archaeological objects like skulls and birds eggs.
All the children in that village developed an eager interest in and enjoyment of the immaculate natural environment where they found themselves. They brought up baby animals, later turning the areas into zoos (animal orphanages) (Bowman 16). Louis read a gift novel, Days Before History, by Hall (1907), a children fictional novel showcasing the history of Britain. He started to gather tools and was further persuaded in this activity by his role model, Arthur Loveridge, foremost curator (1914) of the Nairobi National Museum, precursor of the Museum of Coryndon.
This fascination might have inclined him to a career in archaeology and anthropology (Bowman 16). Work in Palaeoanthropology Justification at Olduvai Louis and his wife Mary spent all their time at Olduvai, beginning in 1951. However, so far, they had found just tools used by early man (Bowman 33). A tryout trench at BK, in Bed II, in that same year, was followed by a much more wide-ranging excavation in 1952 (Bowman 33).
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