Bob Pickering - Faculty & Adjuncts

Bob Pickering, PhD

Bob Pickering, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
College of Arts & Sciences
Anthropology
918-631-2387 Harwell Hall Room 203

Education

PhD – Northwestern University MA – Southern Illinois University BA – Southern Illinois University

Bio

Bob Pickering, Ph.D. is the founding director of the new master’s degree program in Museum Science and Management and the senior curator at the Gilcrease Museum. Over his 30-year career, Pickering has filled many roles in some of America’s finest museums, including the Field Museum of Natural History, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. As an educator, curator and administrator, he brings broad experience to his new role as director of the MSM program.

Research Interests

Mortuary Behavior Studies, especially in Western Mexico,
American bison

Teaching Interests

Museum Science & Management
Museum Administration & Management
Grant Writing
Ancient West Mexico
Forensic/physical Anthropology

Publications

Books

  • The Use of Forensic Anthropology. Second Edition. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton.

  • Tankersley, K. and R. B. Pickering 2006 Sitting Bull’s Pipe: Separating Myth from History. Tatanka Press, Wyk, Germany.

  • Pickering R., and Cabrero M. Mortuary Practices in the Shaft-Tomb Region. Pp. 71-88, Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past. The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998.
  • Pickering R., and Bachman D. The Use of Forensic Anthropology. CRC Press, 1996.
  • Pickering R. People of Ancient North America. (Non Fiction for Adolescent Readers). Millbrook Press, 1995.
  • Pickering R. I Can Be An Archaeologist (non Fiction Volume for Young Readers). The Children’s Press, 1987.

Journal Articles

  • Pickering, R.B. and Cheryl Smallwood-Roberts
    2013 “Old figures, new ways of seeing”. Gilcrease Journal: 13, pp. 7-25. (cover article)

  • Pickering, R.B. and Cheryl Smallwood-Roberts
    2013 The Visual Guide to Occidente Shaft Tomb Ceramic Figures. Gilcrease Museum.

  • “Japonisme and the West” The Gilcrease Journal. XVIV:1, Pp. 44-63.

  • “C.M. Russell’s Illustrated Colt” True West, 57:10, Pp. 31-33.

  • Benfield, J. A., R. D. Jakubowski, W. J. Szlemko, R. J. Loomis, J. Winchester, R. Pickering
    2008 “An ‘Honest Visionary’ and ‘Dishonest Scallywag’: Blending Fact, Opinion, and Interest into a Front-End Evaluation”. Visitor Studies, 11:1, Pp. 55 – 72

  • “Bison Along the Southern Borderlands.” Bison World, the journal of the National Bison Association.334:1, pp. 28-29.

  • “Introduction: Borderlands and the Southwest”, Borderlands and the Southwest. An issue of the Journal of the West, 47:3, Pp 8-9.

  • Pickering R. Reading Evidence. Vol. 10, DIG, 2008, pp. 27–29.
  • Pickering R. A New Gallery, John Bunker Sands: Seeking the Sublime. Buffalo Bill Historical Center & the Rosewood Foundation, 2007, p. 9.
  • Pestle W., Demel S., Colvard M., and Pickering R. Skeletal Biology and Mortuary Practice at the Kubinski Site (11WI1186), a Middle Woodland Ossuary. Vol. 19, Illinois Archaeology, 2007, pp. 47–84.
  • Pickering R. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming. Vol. 46, Journal of the West (Museums on the American West issue), 2007, pp. 22–25.
  • Pickering R., and Beekman C. A Personal Homenaje to Phil Weigand. Vol. 17, Ancient Mesoamerica, 2006, pp. 235–237.
  • Pickering R. Bison in the West: Introduction. Vol. 45, Journal of the West, 2006, p. 6.
  • Introduction. Vol. 17, Ancient Mesoamerica, 2006, pp. 231–233.
  • Pickering R. Where the Buffalo Roam. Vol. 45, Journal of the West, 2006, pp. 7–14.
  • Pickering R. Buffalo Coins in History. Vol. 30, Bison World, the journal of the National Bison Association, 2004, pp. 45–6.
  • Pickering R. Proctor’s Bison. Vol. 29, Bison World, the journal of the National Bison Association, 2004, p. 26, 31.
  • Pickering R., and Cuevas E. Las cerámicas Antiques De La región Mexicana De Occidente. Investigacion y Ciencia, 2003, pp. 70–78.
  • Cuevas E., and Pickering R. The Ancient Ceramics of West Mexico (cover Article). Vol. 91, American Scientist, 2003, pp. 242–249.
  • Preston C., Jones J., and Pickering R. Assessing and Integrating Diverse Front-End Perspectives for the First Natural History Museum Created in the 21st Century. Informal Learning Review, 2002, pp. 1, 6-.
  • Pickering R. A Short Review of Bison History. Vol. 25, Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 2001, pp. 12–17.
  • Pickering R. Buffalo Bill Historical Center: Crown Jewel of the American West. Vol. 26, Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 2001, pp. 52–53.
  • Pickering R. Frontier Justice: Past and Present, Points West. Points West, 2001, pp. 4–7.
  • Howe S., Pickering R., Southward J., and Johnson R. Testing for Toxicity: Examining Native Artifacts at the Denver Museum of Natural History. Common Ground, 1999, p. 28.
  • Archaeology, Insects and Establishing Authenticity of West Mexican Figurines. Museuem Quarterly, 1998, pp. 16–17.
  • Pickering R. Archaeology, Insects and Establishing Authenticity of West Mexican Figurines. Museuem Quarterly, 1998, pp. 16–17.
  • Pickering R. Discovering the Occidente. Archaeology, 1997, pp. 42–46.
  • Pickering R. Gumshoes Among Us: Museum Scientists Serve the Community Through Forensics. Vol. 6, Museum Quarterly, 1997, p. 16.
  • Pickering R. Maggots, Graves, and Scholars. Archaeology, 1997, pp. 46–47.
  • Pickering R. White Medicine: The Story of the White Buffalo Continues. Vol. 22, Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 1997, p. 73.
  • Day J., Butterwick K., and Pickering R. Archaeological Interpretations of West Mexican Ceramic Art from the Late PreClassic Period: Three Figurine Project. Vol. 7, Ancient Mesoamerica, 1996, pp. 149–162.
  • Pickering R., and Jantz R. Looking Again Before Repatriating (Backfill Guest Editorial). Vol. 7, Federal Archaeology, 1995, p. 44.
  • Pickering R. “New Research on White, Pied & Black Bison”. Bison World, Vol. 24, National Bison Association, 1995, p. 19, 22.
  • Pickering R. The Great White Buffalo. Museum Quarterly, 1995.
  • Pickering R. Tooling Along: Pebble Tool Made at the Dawn of Humanity Completes Prehistoric Journey. Vol. 4, Museum Quarterly, 1995, p. 16.
  • Pickering R. White Buffalo – How Rare Are They?. Vol. 21, Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 1995, pp. 31-32, 37.
  • Pickering R. Seeing the White Buffalo. Vol. 20, Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 1994, pp. 24-.
  • Pickering R., and Foster M. A Survey of Prehistoric Disease, Malnutrition and Trauma in Northwest, Mexico. Vol. Series 3, Proceedings of the Denver Museum of Natural History, 1994.
  • Pickering R. The High-Tech Science of Mummies. Vol. 2, Museum Quarterly, 1993, pp. 1–5.
  • Pickering R. Comparative Functional Osteology for Young Audiences. Vol. 1, The Docent Educator, 1992, pp. 4–5.
  • Pickering R., Braunstein E., Conces D., and Yurco F. Three Dimensional Computer Tomography of the Mummy Wenu Hotep. Vol. 83, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 1990, pp. 49–55.
  • Pickering R. Yapese Mortuary Behavior: An Ethno Archaeological Perspective. Vol. Supplement No. 2, Micronesica, 1990, pp. 153–170.
  • Pickering R. Population Differences in the Calcaneus As Determined by Discriminant Function Analysis. Forensic Osteology, 1986, pp. 160–170.
  • Pickering R. Human Osteological Remains from Alta Vista, Zacatecas: An Analysis of the Isolated Bones. The Archaeology of West and Northwest Mexico, 1985, pp. 289–325.
  • Pickering R. Adult Education Program. Vol. 55, Bulletin of the Field Museum of Natural History, 1984, pp. 24–26.
  • Pickering R. Adult Education Update. Vol. 55, Bulletin of the Field Museum of Natural History, 1984, pp. 7–9.
  • Pickering R. Hunter Gatherer/Agriculturalist Arthritis Patterns: A Preliminary Report. Vol. 27, Arthritis, Modern and Ancient, 1979, pp. 50–53.

Book Chapters

  • Pickering R. “Introduction to the 2012 Reprint Edition”. The American Bisons, Living and Extinct (1876). By Joel Asaph Allen, Gustav’s Library, 2013.
  • Pickering R. “Searching for the Stories Behind the Medals”. Peace Medals: Negotiating Power in Early America, Gilcrease Museum, 2011, pp. 1-7.
  • “A Brief Review of Bison History”, The Bison Producers’ Handbook. Pp.1-13, The National Bison Association & The Canadian Bison Association, Denver.

  • “Historical and archaeological museums”. Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences. Third Edition, Marcia J. Bates & Mary Niles Maack (eds.), Taylor & Francis Group.

  • “Museum collecting and collections”. Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences. Third Edition, Marcia J. Bates & Mary Niles Maack (eds.), Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Cuevas E., and Pickering R. “Caracterización De Manchas De Manganeso En Artefactos prehispánicosdel Occidente De México”. El Antiguo Occidente De México: Nuevas Perspectivas Sobre El Pasado prehispánico, El Colegio de Michoacán, 2005, pp. 125–143.
  • Pickering R., and Anderson E. “A Short Review of Bison Natural History and Human Interaction”. Bison Breeder’s Handbook, National Bison Association, 1993, pp. 9–16.
  • Pickering R. “Identifying American War Dead from Southeast Asia”. Anthropology: Understanding Human Adaptation, Harper Collins Publisher, 1992, pp. 173–175.
  • Holien T., and Pickering R. “Analogues in Classic Period Chalchihuites Culture to Late Mesoamerican Ceremonialism”. Middle Classic Mesoamerica: A.D. 400-700, Columbia University Press, 1978, pp. 145–157.
  • Pickering R. “A Preliminary Report on the Osteological Remains from Alta Vista, Zacatecas”. The Archaeology of West Mexico, West Mexican Society for Advanced Study, 1974, pp. 240–248.

Regular Column in Journal or Newspapers

  • Pickering R. Bisonabilia, a Regular Feature on Bison Cultural Heritage (6 columns/Yr.). Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 2000.

Magazine/Trade Publications

  • “Buffalo Callers” DIG, 13:6, pp. 13-16.

  • “Charles M. Russell und sein Colt-Revovler Kaliber .45.” Magazin für Amerikanistik.3:3, Pp. 5-8.

  • “Fancy Pottery”. DIG, 12:7, Pp. 14-15.

  • “More than a prop: Charlie Russell’s Frontier Six Shooter”. The Rampant Colt. 30:2, Pp. 9-11. (cover article)

  • “A Remarkable Find”. DIG, 10:5, P. 12.

  • 2008 “Whose Skull?”. DIG, 10:5, Pp. 26-27.

  • Pickering R. A Fly on the Wall. Vol. 9, DIG, 2007, pp. 17–19.
  • Pickering R. A Mexican ‘Who’s Who’. Vol. 9, DIG, 2007, pp. 24–25.
  • Pickering R. Deadly Traditions. Vol. 9, DIG, 2007, p. 20.
  • Pickering R. Stone Money. Vol. 9, DIG, 2007, pp. 26–28.
  • Pickering R. Talking Tomb Companions. Vol. 9, DIG, 2007, p. 16.
  • Pickering R. What the CT Slices Reveal. DIG, 2006, pp. 24–25.
  • Tankersley K., and Pickering R. Sitting Bulls Pfeife – Neue Erkenntnisse: Die Pfeife Sitting Bulls Und Ihre Geschichte (1). Vol. 2, Magazine für Amerikanistik, 2005, pp. 4–9.
  • Tankersley K., and Pickering R. Sitting Bulls Pfeife – Neue Erkenntnisse: Die Pfeife Sitting Bulls Und Ihre Geschichte (2). Vol. 1, Magazine für Amerikanistik, 2005, pp. 4–9.
  • Pickering R. Der Weiße Büffel – Die Geburt Von Miracle. Vol. 3, Magazine für Amerikanistik, 2004, pp. 16–19.
  • Pickering R. Der ‘Freie Fall’ – Indianische Bisonjagd künstlerisch Dargestellt. Vol. 4, Magazine für Amerikanistik, 2004, pp. 48–50.
  • Pickering R. Les céramiques Anciennes Du Mexique Occidental. Vol. 321, Pour la Science, 2004, pp. 76–82.

Conference Proceedings

  • Pickering R. A Protocol for Collecting Data from Human Remains. Fourth Indo Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand, 1992.
  • Pickering R. Biological Characteristics Determined by Skeletal Analysis. Fourth Indo Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand, 1992.
  • Pickering R. Techniques for Recovering Skeletalized Human Remains. Fourth Indo Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Bangkok Thailand, 1992.

Book Reviews

  • Pickering R. Review of Comingled and Disarticluated Human Remains: Working Toward Improved Theory, Method and Data. Anna J. Osterholtz, Kathryn M. Baustian and Debra L. Martin, Eds. New York: Springer, 2014, 285 Pp. Vol. 70, The Journal of Anthropological Research, 2014, pp. 443–444.
  • Pickering R. Review of Mexico’s Indigenous Communities: Their Lands and Histories, 1500-2010. By Medrano, Ethelia Ruiz (translated by Russ Davidson), 2010, University Press of Colorado, I-Xvi, 338 Pp. ISBN 978-1-60732-016-6. Journal of the West, 2013.
  • Pickering R. Review of Uprising! Woody Crumbo’s Indian Art. By Robert Perry, Chickasaw Press, 2009.317 pp., HB. Vol. 30, Great Plains Quarterly, 2010, p. 322.
  • Pickering R. Review of Frontiers in Colorado Paleoindian Archaeology: From the Dent Site to the Rocky Mountains. Robert H. Brunswig & Bonnie L. Pitblado (eds.), (University of Colorado Press, 2007), 364 Pp. Vol. 48, Journal of the West, 2009.
  • Pickering R. Review of Hunting and Trading on the Great Plains, 1859-1875 by James R. Mead. Edited by Schuyler Jones Rowfant Press, 2008), Pp. 276, Pb. Vol. 48, Journal of the West, 2009.
  • Pickering R. Review of Pueblos, Spaniards and the Kingdom of New Mexico. By John L. Kessell (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008), 225 pp., HB. Vol. 48, Journal of the West, 2009.
  • Pickering R. Review of No Settlement, No Conquest: A History of the Coronado Entrada. By Richard Flint, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2008, 247 Pp, and Maps, Appendices, Notes, Glossary References & Index, BH. Montana: The Magazine of Western History, 2008, p. 85, 87.
  • Pickering R. Review of Plains Village Archaeology: Bison-Hunting Farmers in the Central and Northern Plains. By Stanley A. Ahler and Marvin Kay (eds.), University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Pp. 320.,HB. Vol. 47, Journal of the West, 2008, p. 77.
  • Pickering R. Review of The Allen Site: A Paleoindian Camp in Southwestern Nebraska. By Douglas B. Bamforth, (ed.), (University of New Mexico Press, 2007), 284 Pp. Vol. 47, Journal of the West, 2008.
  • Pickering R. Review of William F. Cody’s Wyoming Empire: The Buffalo Bill Nobody Knows by Robert E. Bonner (University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2007),318 Pp, HB. Vol. 34, Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 2008, p. 39.
  • Pickering R. Review of Mimbres Society, 2006, Edited by Valli S. Powell-Marti and Patricia A. Gilman, University of Arizona Press, Tucson. Vol. 46, Journal of the West, 2007, p. 116.
  • Pickering R. Review of William F. Cody’s Wyoming Empire: The Buffalo Bill Nobody Knows by Robert E. Bonner (University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2007) 318 pp., HB. Journal of the West, 2007.
  • Pickering R. Review of Indian Peace Medals and Related Items: Collecting the Symbols of Peace and Friendship. Rita Laws. Online Only, Harrah, OK. Vol. 9, The MCA Advisory, Medal Collectors of America, 2006, pp. 3–4.
  • Pickering R. Review of To Save the Wild Bison: Life on the Edge in Yellowstone. Mary Ann Franke, University of Oklahoma Press. 2005. Points West, 2005, p. 24.
  • Pickering R. Review of Karl Bodmer’s North American Prints. By Brandon K. Ruus, Ed. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004), 382 Pp. Vol. 44, Journal of the West, 2005, p. 111.
  • Pickering R. Review of To Save the Wild Bison: Life on the Edge in Yellowstone. Mary Ann Franke, University of Oklahoma Press. 2005. Vol. 13, Yellowstone Science, 2005, pp. 31–32.
  • Pickering R. Review of American Bison: A Natural History. Dale F. Lott, University of California Press, Berkeley. Bison World, the journal of the National Bison Association, 2003.
  • Pickering R. Review of The Extermination of the American Bison. By William Temple Hornaday With a New Introduction by Hanna Ross Shell and a New Forward by John Mack Faragher, 2002, Smithsonian Press. Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 2003.
  • Pickering R. Review of The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History. Andrew C. Isenberg. Vol. 26, Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 2001, p. 55.
  • Pickering R. Review of Bison Hunting at Cooper Site. Leland C. Bement. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 1999.
  • Pickering R. Review of Bone Voyage: A Journey in Forensic Anthropology. Stanley Rhine. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Vol. 7, Journal of Anthropological Research, 1999, pp. 148–150.
  • Pickering R., and Goss R. “Review of Bibliography of the Genus Bison (H. Smith, 1827) (until 1950)”. Bison World, Vol. 25, Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 1995, p. 25.
  • Pickering R. Review of Bison: Distant Thunder. Vol. 26, Bison World, Journal of the National Bison Association, 1995, p. 25.
  • Pickering R. Ancient Disease in the Midwest: A Review. Vol. 12, Illinois Antiquity, 1980, pp. 11–12.

Other

  • Jakubowski R., Benfield J., Szlemko W., Loomis R., and Pickering R. Investigating Visitor Need for Sensory Experience and Need for Cognition in a Temporary Exhibit. Visitor Studies Association e-Newsletter, 2007.
  • Pickering R. Seeing the White Buffalo. DMNH Press and Johnson Books, 1997.
  • Pickering R. Seeing the White Buffalo. Vol. 20, Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association, 1994, pp. 24-.
  • Pickering R. Pig Skulls, Yam Masks and American Children: Do Children Get the Message from Ethnographic Exhibits?. Proceedings of the 90th. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 1991.
  • Pickering R. The Role of Ethnographic Collections in Children’s Museums. Proceedings of the American Association of Museums, Chicago, 1990.
  • Pickering R. Cultural Awareness in Tomorrow’s Adults: The Collecting Strategy at The Children’s Museum. Proceedings of the American Anthropological Association, Phoenix, 1988.
  • Pickering R. Patterns of Degenerative Joint Disease in Middle Woodland, Late Woodland, and Mississippian Skeletal Series from the Lower Illinois Valley. Northwestern University, 1984.
  • Pickering R., and Berkson A. Test Excavation at the Butler Mound, Oak Brook, Illinois. Archaeological Report 82 NI 4, Center for American Archaeology, Evanston, IL. 1982.
  • Pickering R. A Report on the Excavation of Three Japanese Grave Monuments on the Island of Yap. Archaeological and Ethnographic Investigations, Alignment 5B, Airport Historical Area, Yap, Western Caroline Islands. Vol. II, Pp. 286-315, Submitted to the Historic Preservation Office, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Saipan. 1980.
  • Pickering R., and Berkson A. Contemporary Yapese Funerary Practices. Archaeological and Ethnographic Investigations, Alignment 5B, Airport Historical Area, Yap, Western Caroline Islands. Vol.1, Pp. 35-96, Submitted to the Historic Preservation Office, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Saipan. 1980.
  • Pickering R. Excavation of Three Graves from Site 45SW:1, Yap Island. Archaeological and Ethnographic Investigations, Alignment 5B, Airport Historical Area, Yap, Western Caroline Islands Vol. II, Pp. 261-285, Submitted to the Historic Preservation Office, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Saipan. 1980.
  • Pickering R. Preliminary Report on Human Osteological Remains from Alta Vista, Chalchihuites. Related Studies Carried Out at the Archaeological Site of Alta Vista (LCBJ3 1) Chalchihuites, Zacatecas and in Adjacent Areas, March, June 30, 1974. Report Submitted to I.N.A.H., Mexico. 1974.
  • Pickering R. Osteological Analysis of the Human Remains from Alta Vista Site, Zacatecas. Southern Illinois University, 1973.

Courses Taught

  • Museum Internship
  • Professional Presentations
  • Research and Dissertation
  • Independent Study
  • Introduction to Museum Work
  • Grant Writing for Museums
  • Museum Project
  • Writing for Social Media
  • Creating Professional Profiles and Understanding the Workplace Environment
  • Museum Administration and Management

Professional Affiliations

  • Council for Museum Anthropology
  • Oklahoma Museums Association
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • Chicago Anthropological Society
  • Chicago Archaeological Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Fellow
  • American Association of Museums

Awards & Honors

  • Elected
  • Award for Excellence
  • Letter of Commendation
  • Carl C. Struever Fellow
  • Service Award
  • Distinguished Patron Award
  • Forensic Service Award
  • Given a Tlingit name, Gúshduteen (Can See the Killerwhale’s Dorsal Fin)
  • Silver Peak Award
  • Letter of congratulations
  • Featured in an article in the Northwestern: For Alumni and Friends of Northwestern University, Spring issue. “Bob Pickering Heads Up One of the Greatest Western Shows on Earth – The Buffalo Bill Historical Center, in Cody”, Wyoming. Written by Kieran McConnelogue, pp. 26 – 30
  • Winner of AAM’s 11th annual Exhibit competition (exhibit budget under $50,000.00 category)
  • First Place, Interpretive Media Award
  • Golden Spur Award nominee
  • Extraordinary Merit award
  • National Medal for Museum and Library Service