Buckeye 2017: Beltaine: April 30 ~ May 6 / Pathways: May 10 ~ 16
Native Scholarships applications are now being accepted
Our gathering is in Concow Valley Band of Maidu country. Though we all have paleotechnologies in our ancestral past that we can reconnect with, just a few centuries ago the Indigenous tribes on this continent were living en masse in many of the ways that we are now attempting to relearn. The subsequent history of genocide and marginalization makes healing our present relations important to us. We seek to honor the continuing cultural legacy of Native America, as we work and learn together in the reality of today. In our continuing effort to honor and respect the indigenous people of this land, we seek connections with native communities.
One key component to this outreach mission is our Native Youth Scholarship Program. We have full and partial scholarships available for youth of Native American descent. Youth must be enrolled tribal members or descendants of enrolled tribal members. Acceptance includes five days of classes with a healthy breakfast and dinner served every day. To apply Applicants need to write a short essay about themselves. Include who you are and why you want to come to Buckeye. Include: your name, age, tribal affiliation, location, and contact information. A chaperone ticket (or tickets for larger groups) can be awarded along with youth scholarships. If you know any communities or individuals who could benefit from this, please let us know! Letters of request will be accepted throughout the month of February. Apply early. In recent years all spaces have been filled. On March 15 if there are still openings we will open up the scholarships to native adults. All requests will be accepted on a first come first served basis.
Classes during the gathering include:
friction fire, plant fiber cordage, flint knapping, local Native culture, stone, bone & wood tools, basket weaving, buckskin, pottery, nature awareness, tracking, local flora & fauna i.d., astronomy, natural pigments, hunting, trapping, primitive weaponry, fiber/textile arts, herbal medicine, shelter building, games, storytelling and more.
The Buckeye Gathering
The Buckeye Gathering is an annual week-long educational event offering an immersion into ancestral skills and traditional arts in a village style campout at Lake Konkow Campground, California. We exist to encourage a connection between the past and present and to foster unity through our common heritage of living skills. Pictured in the photo are a few of the 2015 recipients and chaperones of these scholarships. In the past few years we have enjoyed the company of native youth from all parts of the state and we have also had several from other states as well.