Craig Childs – Naturalist and Author

Craig Childs lives on the western slope of Colorado.  He’s a naturalist renowned for his stories about animals in the wild and the ethics of artifacts.  Here are two interviews with Childs, about his books, Animal Dialogues and Finders Keepers.

Animal Dialogues

about following a lone coyote as it heads out to meet with a wild pack deep in the wilderness, or the secret canyon where the crows gather to celebrate their murder of a hated owl, and what it’s like to be stalked by a mountain lion:

Listen to “The Mountain Lion” from  Animal Dialogues–by Craig Child (4 1/2 minutes)

Finder-Keepers:  A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession

The same season when the famed King Tut exhibit came to the Denver Art Museum, Craig Childs released his book, Finders Keepers.  It was a haunting contrast–in Denver, there was the Golden King of ancient Egypt, and this exhibit was so famous, and so “right,” it was even endorsed by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, along with the widely reported information that a portion of the proceeds from the tour would go toward antiquities preservation and conservation efforts in Egypt, including the construction of a new grand museum in Cairo.

And there, on the other side, was the quiet release of a new book by Craig Childs — Finders, Keepers – A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession .  The booklist review of Finders-Keepers says that when it comes to artifacts, “Their legal regulation collides with collectors’ obsessions to possess them. Childs, though, does not remove what he finds, an ethic that vies with other precepts for the proper preservation of antiquities. Childs hunts virtue as much as baskets in this engaging discourse.”

Listen to Finders Keepers by Craig Childs (21 Minutes)

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