The Great American Bison
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Robert B. Pickering, Ph.D.
Conservation, Cultural History, Natural History, Wildlife
The story of bison/human interaction is at least as old as the Ice Age cave paintings of Altamira in Spain and Chauvet in France. Even in those early times, bison sustained people with their gifts of meat and hide and connected them to a supernatural world. These themes of sustenance and spirituality were established when humans came to the Americas. The human bonds with buffalo—both economic and spiritual-- pervaded the ancient worlds of America and the Eurasian steppes. In North America, bison and humans co-existed and interacted for millennia. Native stories and histories, and archaeological investigations provide insights into this long relationship.
Immerse yourself in lecture, story, and a place where bison roam.
About the instructor
Dr. Robert B. Pickering, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Museum Science and Management program at the University of Tulsa. In 1984, he received a Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology from Northwestern University after earning his BA and MA degrees in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Pickering has served as an educator, curator, and administrator in major American museums over the last 30 years. Combined, these experiences give Pickering broad and deep knowledge of museum philosophy and practice. At each museum in which he served, Dr. Pickering has planned, promoted, and taught classes and programs for a broad spectrum of audiences. He is committed to public education and lifelong learning.
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