Biologist Don King has spent years watching precious things disappear. As an educational tour guide in New Mexico in 1981, King led a group through a Navajo village on the way to ruins in Chaco Canyon. They came upon a funeral in the hybrid Catholic-Navajo church for the village medicine man. With his death, hundreds of years of history and culture disappeared, since the local children weren't interested in learning traditional ways, preferring to adopt mainstream American culture.

Born in Florida, he graduated in 1981 from the University of West Florida with a BS degree in marine biology and education. Ten years later in Guam, King taught college prep classes and worked as an environmental consultant, and watched while Japanese developers bought up beaches where the locals still fished with stone traps. In his impact studies, King tried to advise factories and resort builders against developing pristine bays and wetlands;...

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